Minister Avraham-Balila remains optimistic on Schalit issue

Despite the apparent failure of the negotiations over the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Tourism Minister Ruhama Avraham-Balila remained optimistic on the matter. "I feel great sadness, but I hope that in spite of everything, a deal can be finalized in the coming days," she said. "I hope that Hamas will understand the opportunity it has and will not toughen its stance further, so that we can reach a positive solution."