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.

Click here for more about Shalit.

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. karbvi

    One Israel is worth a 1000 Palestinians, even hamas agrees their people are pretty worthless human beings.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter

    IRAN? Their problem is geographic in nature. They just happen to be one of the countries like Afghanistan that if not invaded and occupied, would be in the way of China's current and future energy needs. China produces 53% of their own energy. Try finding where they get the rest, who it is purchased from, and how it makes it's way to China.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rhonda

    FINALLY!!!!!
    May g-d bless Shalit and his family
    what a way to celebrate the Jewish New Year

    October 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CBR

    Well, there you have it folks. The anti-Israel writers have too much hate to realize that Israel is freeing 1000 prisoners in exchange for one soldier. Doesn't that say something about their values.

    We all need to read the histories of the region. You might form some new opinions. In the meantime, can we keep the comments to the real issue without indicting all of Israel's supporters.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      So why do they have 1,000 prisoners that include women and children?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • tada123

      they consider 18-21 year olds children.and what is wrong with imprisoning women?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Easyrhino

      "Israeli Army Radio reports that the exchange could involve the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, including women and children."

      Good ole Israel is kind enough to release children in exchange for a soldier

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

      i think i read somewhere that israel has about 6K political prisoners...?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crickey7

      It's a good thing, but says nothing about anyone's values.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • solomon

      @tada...if the palestinians had women & children as prisoners...the israelis would call the palestinians terrorists....oh, but wiat, they do call the palestinians terrorists...even though, since 1948..the israelis have killed ten times the number of palestinians, israel started murdering palestinians with their "free-fire" approach...kill anyone and everyone. israel started building settlements in 1948 as well. and were razing the homes of palestinians.....and israel is still doing this today....no wonder hamas hates israel.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sherman

      No anti Israeli - however I grew up pro Israel. I got into my 50s and realized what a racket you guys have. carte blanche with the west still writhing in guilt.. Integrate the Palestinians and stop treating them like livestock.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • coolyahoo123

      All of the palestinian prisoners are grown up terrorists who left israeli families in tragedy. Israel must face this threat again now but will ALWAYS return there prisoners, because Israel, unlike the Hamas, cares about the value of human life.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      So, if Israel puts somebody in prison it must be without reason?
      There have even been suicidal bombers that were women. And the children? they are being raise from day 1 to hate the jews. Those "harmless" women and children are in jail for a reason.
      Just like that time when a few palestenian kids throw rocks at a driver so he hit the gas and ran them over and ran away, suddenly the story became "jew runs over little innocent palestenian kids". bullcrap. Palestinian propoganda everywhere.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Macgyrl

    Nothing has stopped the Palestinians from having everything Israel has. The land before Israel was a waste land of filth, despair, hunger and fighting, it was a territory not a statehood or country. Once part of it was given to the Jews with lots of hard work and yes money from other countires it became the thriving metropolis it is today. Why couldn't the Arabs do the same? Why didn't the Arab nations surrounding the territory assit their fellow Arabs? Israel has come a long way, provided the world with technology and medical devices that we all use today. Look at and review history before commenting. One's biased opinions are not harden and true facts. God speed to Gilad I truly hope he makes it home safe and healthy.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crickey7

      When someone steals something, the fact that they may make a better use of that thing is irrelevant.

      Further, your characterization of Palestine before Jewish immigration has a whiff of manifest destiny, racism and ex post facto rationalizing.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthhurts

      Many parts of America are still waste land, does that mean any body from other countries could occupy them and ethnic cleans the local population ? and the waste land you are talking about had population of 500,000.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • solomon

      yeah, sure, israel made it better because of the billions and billions of u.s. dollars that it got. israel is also very accomplished at spinning the p.r. and believing that the more often they color the truth with lies, the more the real truth it becomes.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chuk

    Yawn... Let me know when a worthy news comes up. At some point Netanyahu has to get the message that the world doesn't revolve around him anymore. I think people are getting preoccupied with their own economic and social problems to care about what's happening in Israel. So Israel can be nonchalant all it wants and build all the new settlements it wants. Here's an idea: Israel's best deal to do it's part in clearing up the middle east mess may have passed it by while it holds up for the perfect deal in which it gets everything it wants and feel no pain in the process. Whatever.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jone

      Israel just announced that it will demolish 21 settlements

      October 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crickey7

      They make such announcements, but when the time comes to remove them, the settlers block it.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tada123

    when there is a jewish majority in the congress and a jewish president,then you can say crap like that.

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

      AIPAC. also known as the american ISRAELI public affairs committee has plenty of congressman in their pocket from both sides of the isle. and they are on record (made headlines some years ago) as having unrivaled influence in US politics. so no. not everyone in the congress is a jew. but most are on the leash of one.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      The amount of influce that AIPAC has on Congress pales in comparison to the amount of influce that Saudi Arabia wields. It's not even close.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Actually Muslim Mallet...AIPAC stands for the American ISRAEL Public Affairs Committee. Not American ISRAELI.....big difference. And why are the Saudis, the Chinese, the tobacco industry, the health care industry, etc allowed to lobby, but if someone lobbies for Israel then all of a sudden "the Jews" control Congress. Leave your anti-Semitism at the door.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Excuse me

      JOE- This is a story about Israel, not China, not Saudia Arabia, not Oil, not tabacco. Stop waiving the anti-semitism flag, it is simply not the case

      October 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BESTANGEL17

      i really don't see how this news story has anything to do with AIPAC

      October 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. thieves

    Probably a plot by all of them to get more money out of us.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheHebrewHammer

    One 19 year old soldier kidnapped from within Israel and held in a hole in the ground for 5 years without a single red cross visit in exchange for hundreds of convicted mass murderers of women and children, who are sitting in 5 star facilities, getting their academic degrees, stuffing their faces with chicken and rice...
    Once again, the difference between the civilized side and the barbarians is crystal clear.

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

      oh i dont how all objective your comment is going to be coming form someone named the hebrew tool. are the IDF's interrogation/torture facilities 5 star too? or maybe the garage where they keep the bulldozers used to tear down houses belonging to palestinians. your definition of barbarism is droll...

      October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthhurts

      Yup Jews were in 5 start hotels Hitlers prepared for them, and now they complain about the heaters not being hot enough.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ืžื•ืจืŸ ื˜ืœ

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    (ืžื•ืจืŸ ื˜ืœ ,ืชืœ ืื‘ื™ื‘,ื™ืฉืจืืœ ,ื‘ืช 13 ื•ื—ืฆื™)

    October 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LALAW

      Oh, too much of a coward to leave your post in english like everyone else here? I feel for Isreal, but not for their policies towards te Palestinians. I do not condone violence directed towards either side, but one cannot expect peace if you continue the same destructive practices. If you are in doubt as to the history of this conflict, don't blindly follow what you think is right, do your research. The first book to read is "A Peace To End All Peace" by David Fromkin. Tells you how the West divided Arabia into the current states we know of today, installed puppet monarchis, and laid the groundwork for the mondern day Isreal. Know the truth before painting a desparate and displaced group of people with a broad and ignorant brush.

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

    Israel knows when to bend..but this gesture should in no way stop Palestine from moving forward with their homeland request..too bad these children of the same God keep dividing their own territories like pieces of a puzzle..perhaps someday they will see that the pieces need to fit together..mankind will be better for it..

    October 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. romin

    Why does Israel imprison children? Israel is an evil corrupt blood thirsty regime no different than Iran.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • toad

      romin, your not a jew hater are you....just what group of people do the wish dead?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jone

      no one under age 16 is in prison in Israel even the 8-15 years old suicide bombers released almost immediately

      October 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FelipeBR

    Days after the deal go through and the Israeli soldier is backhome, Israel will announce new setlements and kill dozens of Palestinians.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Odelya

    It's amazing that 1000 Arabs worth 1 Israeli soldier.
    This is how Arabs look at human life – not much valued.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. McCarthyB

    Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic: Other stateless peoples deserve independence as well, even those who donโ€™t have Jewish adversaries, without whom the Palestinians would be just another unhappy group of Muslims in search of a token measure of political satisfaction. In other words, they would be Kurds, except less numerous and less subjugated. Oh, if the Kurds only had Israel as an enemy, the UN might acknowledge their existence!"
    That about says it all.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
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