'It seems that there is now a real possibility for a deal between Hamas and Israel for the release of all the prisoners of war and those missing in action'
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.
Recent Israeli “leaks” about progress in the negotiations to reach a prisoner swap deal were “inaccurate,” a Hamas official said.
'To miss the opportunity now, would be a national irresponsibility'
A German mediator who was involved in the release of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011 is participating in the current talks.
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.
Hamas is also holding two civilian captives who wandered into Gaza: Ethiopian-Israeli Avera Mengistu and Bedouin-Israeli Hisham al-Sayed.
“There will not be an arrangement without the return of the captives and missing soldiers, but there could be calm,” he told Army Radio.
Friends of missing IDF soldier Oron Shaul urge Hamas: "It's time to solve our problems, come to the negotiating table."