Ne­tanyahu of­fers Ha­mas pris­oner swap

Austin American-Statesman - - FRIDAYBRIEFING -

JERUSALEM — Un­der pres­sure from a snow­balling pub­lic cam­paign by par­ents of an Is­raeli sol­dier held cap­tive for four years by Ha­mas in Gaza, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu con­firmed that Is­rael had agreed to a pro­posal to free 1,000 Pales­tinian pris­on­ers in ex­change for Staff Sgt. Gi­lad Shalit, who was seized in June 2006. But he said the most dan­ger­ous pris­on­ers wouldn’t be al­lowed to re­turn to the West Bank and “mass mur­der­ers” wouldn’t be freed, harm­ing chances of any deal with Ha­mas.

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