Israel is back in contact with a mediator who is trying to broker a deal for the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
"There was a renewal of contact with the German mediator," Netanyahu said in a radio interview Sunday.
"We are acting on the issue of Gilad on an almost daily basis - not almost - we are acting all the time in different and varied ways to try and bring him back," he said.
"One of these ways, a central way, is these negotiations that were renewed a few weeks ago." Netanyahu said.
Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha told CNN that the German mediator visited Gaza a few weeks ago, but no progress was made, he said.
Shalit, now 24, has been held since June 25, 2006, when Palestinian militants from Gaza captured him.