Barak: Schalit release may come between elections and new coalition

An agreement which would see the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Schalit may be near, and might even come to fruition in the gap between the elections and the formation of a new government, Defense Minister and Labor Chairman Ehud Barak said on Saturday. Barak was asked during Channel 2's YouTube debate whether he expected Schalit to be released before the elections. "Before the elections, I don't believe, but potentially before the end of [the current] government," Barak responded. Following the elections, the winning party has at least 28 days to form a coalition government from the moment the president gives his approval. Until that time, the previous coalition functions as a caretaker government.