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Ynet: Don’t Expect Shalit Deal Yet

Joshua Frazer — June 29, 2009 – 10:14 am | Israel Comments (0) Add a comment

Ynet news is reporting that despite progress, there is still no concrete deal in place to see the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit, who has been held in captivity since the summer of 2006, was reportedly about to be moved to Egypt as part of an agreement between Israel and Hamas.

According to Ynet, such a deal is not as imminent as originally reported, saying that it was “doubtful that Hamas will agree to transfer Shalit to Egypt as part of any deal’s first stage…” without the release of certain prisoners from Israeli custody.

Negotiations to release Shalit may be further complicated by the ongoing dialogue between Hamas and Fatah. Ynet cited a “senior Palestinian Authority official” as saying that the success of the dialogue was in Syrian pressure exerted on Hamas to sign an accord with Fatah.

Hamas is unlikely to want to relinquish control over the Gaza strip, which it has held since 2006.

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