October 11th, 2011
03:43 PM ET

Israel, Hamas: Gilad Shalit to be swapped for Palestinian prisoners

[Updated at 3:43 p.m. ET] Israeli Army Radio reports that the exchange could involve the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, including women and children.

Israeli media are reporting that Hamas will soon announce the names of Palestinian prisoners that Israel will release in exchange for the return of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

[Updated at 3:22 p.m. ET] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting Tuesday that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit - captured in Israel in June 2006 by Palestinian militants - will be returning to Israel in the next couple of days after a prisoner exchange with the Palestinians was brokered to release his freedom.

"We will return Gilad healthy and whole to his family and all of Israel," Netanyahu said. "The negotiations were difficult... we had to make difficult decisions but (the) correct one. With all the change taking place in the Middle East we did not know if a better deal or any deal would have been possible."

[Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET] A tweet from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says: "We have concluded ardeous negotiations with #Hamas to release #Gilad #Shalit. He will be coming home in the next few days."

A following tweet said: "the agreement to release #Shalit was signed in initials last Thursday and today was signed formally by the two parties."

[Updated at 2:54 p.m. ET] A deal has been brokered to exchange Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit, Hamas military wing spokesman Abu Obeida confirmed to CNN.

[Posted at 2:23 p.m. ET] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called a government meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the possible release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, an Israeli government official told CNN.

The official said Netanyahu would not have called such a meeting unless he thought that the proposals for Shalit's release were serious.

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Shalit was captured in Israel in June 2006 by Palestinian militants after they tunneled into the Jewish state and attacked an Israeli army outpost killing two soldiers.

Since then, he has been held incommunicado by Hamas, the movement that controls the Palestinian territory of Gaza. There have been ongoing attempts to broker a deal to release Shalit, and they have failed. The Israeli government and Hamas have not agreed on the numbers and terms for the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel in exchange for Shalit. In October 2009, Hamas released a tape of Shalit to prove he was still alive in exchange for the release of a number of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails.

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  1. John Gets

    I thought we don't negociate with "terrorists". Israel and the US are the biggets terrorists.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • LR

      Brain surgeon. Can't articulate your ideas without first grade spelling errors?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jbm66

    I am glad the poor kid who was kidnapped is coming home. Its too bad Israel has to release a bunch of murderers for him to be free but he needs to go home. If you wonder why the palistinians in Gaza Strip lives like garbage, this is one of the reasons. By the way where is the flotilla to Syria?

    October 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter

    However, in the case of hamas and mossad, both are terrorists. As is any country that has had dozens and dozens of UN resolutions against them for illegal activities. Hmmm, wonder whiich country that is. Too bad we don't have an honestly democratic world where we could all vote with veto power rather than just a handful with that authority. Are you sure you want a democratic world?

    October 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • tada123

      the mossad is an intelligence agency,not a group that kills civilians with the excuse of "allah hu akbar!"

      October 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotRed_NotBlue

      I couldn't agree more. If the entire UN had to vote to veto items Israel would't stand a chance. The UN would have sent in peace keepers years ago to the region. Steal ground from people and they tend to get a little irritated. As to if they could live in peace as neighbors...not a chance. The UN thrust Israel upon an indigenous people and they will never be happy looking across the boarder and seeing what they used to have.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Gets

    Anyone who speaks against the US or Israel will be labelled a terrorist. Both countries are on their way down the toilet.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You must be a terrorist 🙂

      October 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Gets

      Damn. How'd u know?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorne

      Of course YOU will always label Israel and the USA as terrorists. Care to express your opinion on whether Iran is a terrorist state?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Gets

      Iran is not responsible for 1000s of deaths. The USA and Israel are. Iran has not attacked anyone but the US has attacked countless countries. The US is responsible for most of the misery and violence in the world.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      Walking into a crowded civilian area and blowing up a bomb has nothing to do with being a terrorist right? Your world is already in the toilet and no sign of going anywhere fast.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      So Iranian, Lebiyan and Syrian leaders do not butcher their own people? And they don't funnel funds to terrorist organizations throughout the world whose sole purpose is to oppose "The West" and apply Sharia law on the entire population of the planet.. those are the bad, evil Americans and Israelis, right.. well, I definitely see your point there.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Castini

    Take their land , destroy their houses, jailed them, bomb them , put check points, take their resources including water and call them terrorist, all that with our tax money, you can 't hide the truth,

    October 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Read the Taylor Prism. That is the truth. It was written in 701 BC by an Assyrian king. There is also the Cyrus scroll and other such truths out there for people like yourself to learn from.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Must live on a one way street

      Castini, you make no mention of killing innocent Israeli women and children. If Palestinians hit military targets then yes you have an argument, but when you take on civilian targets, the bombs will rain down. Have you been to Gaza or the WB? I have. If the moderates took out the fananctics then life would begin. Right now the best chance they have to have a free state is to create an economy. What do Palestinians export, what is the education system like? What did Arafat invest billions of dollars in? Hospitals, schools, infrastructure, a mansion outside of Paris for his family. Right. So when the people have had enough, then things will change. Fanatical leadership will not bring about change, Hamas, it will only continue the same old same old.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter

    That's Master Philip Douglas, esquire if ya don't mind. 🙂

    October 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      If you blow yourself up with the sole intent of killing civilians then you're a terrorist in any book.

      Everything would be much simpler if Palestinians would denounce terrorism.

      October 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Gets

    LR is so stupid. The beast doesn't have an answer so it resorts to finding spelling errors.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. trudy

    I'm hoping and praying Gilad will be released unharmed, alive and well. It's been a very long time and his family has suffered enough. Make the exchange and bring him home. Israel will never leave anyone behind, so if anyone of their soldiers are captured and taken prisoner... they will negotiate to bring them home. Gilad has been a huge bargining chip that has been held very close to the "body" o fHamas. Like I said, I hope his is well. There will be a celebration when he returns and I'll be celebrating in my heart as well. God bless the USA and Israel.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Gets

      Down with USA and Israel. The biggest terrorists in the world.

      Trudy, are you an evangelical Christian or just Jewish? If you are Jewish (and as part of your faith) then you know most of the US population will end up in hell. If you are Evangelical (and as part of your faith) then you know the Jews will either have to converted or be killed. So your blessing of USA and Israel is actually hypocracy.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter

    Hay! Maybe if Israle's dug a bunch of tunnels under their border with Egypt, Isralei made weapons could find their way to American gangsters, etc., and Mexican drug cartels. Of course that would mean bribing President Mobarack of Egypt for decades. Bow that he's gone, what's Israel to do? (about 10% of siezed drug-cartels weapons are made in Israel. Quite a big chunk of that pie mostly eaten by US, who produce and export about 70% of them.)

    October 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SPQR

    Some progress is better than no progress.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dan milburn

    And it all keeps going on forever and ever and ever............

    October 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. eran

    So many stupid things people have to say. No one even mention the fact that Israel to release 1,000 yes one thousand terrorists to save 1 single person. This how jews are. we care!

    October 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Truth Teller

    Hamas has just guaranteed itself statehood. Now that Hamas is creating its own Visa policies and negotiating with Terrorists like NutandYahoo, they are showing that they too are capable of doing the ugly things a state must do to survive.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Luke

    It's good that Shalit and some Palestinians are being released and can return to their families :] :]

    October 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter

    Hay! Let's all take a look inside of Israel's newer Supreme Court building. Look! What's that on the floor? A giant wooden cross Israeli magistrates trample-on daily. Huh? What are those images and figures hanging on the walls? Why those are well-known ancient satanic cult symbols. (one of the chief architects of the building released pictures of the inside of this building on his deathbed. google it)

    October 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
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