Avera Mengistu

Potential prisoner swap between Israel, Hamas is opportunity through crisis

According to reports, the deal would be nothing like the 2011 deal for Gilad Shalit, which saw Israel release 1,027 Palestinians, hundreds of whom were serving life sentences for killing Israelis.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh next to his destroyed office (REUTERS/Handout)
Hamas ready to release information on Israeli prisoners - report

A German mediator who was involved in the release of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011 is participating in the current talks.

Captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit (center), seen here shortly after his release from Gaza
What price will Israel pay in the next prisoner swap?

When the committee started working, it decided that its conclusions will be published only after Schalit (who was kidnapped in 2006 and released in 2011) will be released from Hamas captivity.

Hadar Goldin protest
Hamas: We are flexible on a prisoner swap with Israel

Sinwar said that the indirect negotiations between Hamas and Israel over a prisoner exchange were suspended after the start of the political crisis in Israel.

Encountering Peace: Bring our citizens home

Two Israeli citizens, presumed to be alive, Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, have been in Hamas captivity for more than four years.

Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi in Tel Aviv on Tuesday
Netanyahu won’t transfer terrorists' bodies to Gaza until MIAs returned

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "No change in policy of targeted assassinations."

Israel Hamas
Israel's hostage negotiator: Avera Mengistu crossed to Gaza previously

Yaron Blum claimed that Hamas hostages Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed had crossed the border several times and had been returned to Israel, but he was forced to apologize regarding Mengistu.

Missing IAF navigator Ron Arad in captivity after his jet went down in Lebanon in 1986
33 years on: Israel remembers Ron Arad

October 16th marked 33 years since Israeli Air Force Navigator Ron Arad was taken captive in Lebanon in 1986 after his plane went down during a bombing mission over southern Lebanon.

Dead or alive? Five years after Mengistu enters Gaza, only silence

Since the story came to light over four years ago, media coverage of the issue has been almost nonexistent, and public demand for Avera’s release has been sporadic at best.

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