|...And what to make of this. A new Journalist on the scene, a strange story sourced from one of the myriad 'spokesmen', and an indication that the statement serves as part of the negotiations. I have now met all the families of the missing soldiers, and want to see them safely returned. If it was my child no cost would be too high. It isn't, and this exchange - Barghouti alone is worth a comprehensive deal - seems unbalanced. But Israel - proudly and correctly - has always been weakened by, as my grandmother never fails to remind me: 'Every single one counts'. |
By Jack Khoury, Haaretz Correspondent
Abu Mujahed, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip said Friday that dramatic developments have occurred in negotiations over the release of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive in the Strip since June 25 of last year.
Abu Mujahed said that the exchange could be carried out shortly if agreed to by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.