Israel confirms progress in Schalit negotiations

Israel has confirmed "significant" progress in negotiations for the release of kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit, Channel 10 reported Saturday. According to the report, meetings some 10 days ago prompted a compromise that a "few hundred" prisoners would be released. Israel's offer had previously been to free 130 prisoners, while Hamas demanded the release of 1,000. However, decisions remain to be made on which prisoners Israel will free in exchange for Schalit. The Palestinians are expected to submit a list of names, and discussions are likely to take several more weeks.