Report: Shalit deal may be reached by Tuesday
Turkish news channel CNN Turk reported on Friday that a deal to secure the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit may be reached by Tuesday.
The TV channel said that Turkish officials were currently holding talks on the issue with Hamas officials in Damascus, the base of the Islamist militant group’s political leadership.
Reuters Friday quoted a Palestinian official as saying that Turkey and Qatar have taken a lead role in the negotiations over Shalit in recent months.
The CNN Turk report came after Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Friday said that Israel’s leadership was making “supreme” efforts to bring Shalit back home.
“Supreme efforts are being made in order to hurry the moment when Gilad Shalit will come home,” Barak told Channel 1. “We know that he is well, alive, breathing and okay, but we need to bring him here from there.”
/if true, this would obviously be extremely good news!