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. Joe

    It sickens me that you're so full of hatred that even on a story about a kidnapping victim being freed brings out vitriolic comments. You're disgusting.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Israeli citizen

    To be honest I was much more curious to see what's the worlds' press has to say about it then our own...
    I will be thankful to see comments and answer questions:
    As some people wrote here, the deal is:
    One Israeli soldier, a regular 20 year's old boy (when he was captured, 5 years ago) without any importance (except of his life of cause!!) to Israel.
    On the other hand: 1000 Palestinian prisoners
    I won't say that part of them aren't are innocent (maybe even most, I honestly don't know the facts). But!!! Among them are terrorists, real terrorists that murdered innocent people in restaurants, busses, their own houses, streets, planes, trains…Even Marwan Baraghouti , loved political Palestinian figure that's in charge of tens and hundreds terror attacks, a man that promised to get back to terror once he's released ( he was sentenced to 5 life times in our jail).
    Check on the "Fogel Family" murder few months ago and photos from the first and second intifada when each day a Palestinian exploded himself in a bus or train full of people.
    Of cause the spirit and thoughts of each Israeli citizen is very high right now, Gilads' family never gave up on him and for 5 years you couldn't pass a day here without seeing a post, sign, stiker etc... about him.
    But, we also think of the family's (and there are alot!) that know the murderers of their loved once are set free.
    Actually im not sure that most of us understand the meaning of releasing so many dangerous terrorists in such thought times at the middle east and especially in our area
    Only time will tall.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Daddy

      And hopefully this time the you will get a living boy back for your 1000 prisoners, instead of just the mutilated remains... which is what you got for the last few "prisoner swaps".

      It's sickening.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. proud zionist

    Let's hope the terrorists will be injected with a slow release poison before they are sent back!

    October 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. muti

    this just encourages hamas to kidnap more jews bad isea

    October 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mission Man

    Resistance against occupiers, by freedom fighters is the ONLY language Israel understands ....

    October 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean Carmel

      Shame on you!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ABD

    This was with Israel will last till the day of judgement, the jews knows it, the christians know it, the muslims know it, so lets not talk about this issue any more, it is something all believe is normal.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ABD

      war not "was".... I need some coffee, and a hooka may be

      October 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • yawn

      Some of you are too coward to admit it's been years since you thought of another word besides sheeple. Kinda ironic, isn't it?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • David S

      You are evil heretic who gives a damn what you say ABD.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenn

      Sometimes all you do is bury the hate. It's not my choice to get on with it.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Daddy

      Let hope that this time getting one Israeli prisoner in exchange for ONE THOUSAND Muslim prisoners, that the Israelis don't get in return just the mutilated boy's body like has happened so many times before. It makes me sick. And they pretend they are honorable and that Allah is with them. If Allah is with them, then I want nothing to do with that jerk.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Daddy

      But to be fair... if Yahweh is supporting what the Israelis do, then I want nothing to do with him either. And if Jesus was behind the crusades, then I want nothing to do with that idiot either. We keep blaming the evil that we do on our brand of deity so we can feel justified. Thank God (how ironic is that) that we are slowly changing our barbaric behavior.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. proud zionist

    and after Shalit is released, the first rocket from Gaza and then GOOD BYE GAZA

    October 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tralgit

      Yep; NUKE the bloody place so that there is not one crawling over the border. GO IDF !!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • rookiekool

      Tralgit, this is a clear example of evil you are. The only thing u seem to think about is death. God bless your soul, IDIOT

      October 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • extra medium

      Yes, launch those special nukes that keep all of the fallout within Gaza's borders. You guys will be fine. And after that I'm sure you will live in peace forever, since no one will even think about retaliating...

      October 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • PGelsman

      When Israel gave Gaza back to the a-rabs it was a beautiful place. Now it looks like Berlin after WWII thanx to Hamas. We traded Gaza for peace, what did we get? ROCKETS!

      October 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the kat

    Hey everybody blame their gods who inspire them to kill and butcher. Nuke their gods and their followers all of them.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rachel Corrie (rip)

    Israel didn't value Rachel's life nor did the FBI, who are mandated by Congress to investigate the deaths of US citizens abroad. That would include the two recently murdered in direct violation of the 5th. If you think a 5th is whiskey, think a gain. "No(as in any) US citizen shall be deprived of life, etc. without due process of law". Calling out a hit and executing it is how gangsters, not Justce, deal with suspects. But most have been dumbed-down to the point where they simply do not notice, do not care, or use the old worn-out excuse "what can I do about it." Thanks to this mentality, it is too late for anything to be done. wtg Dr. Theo Morel, nazi 'father of US pharmakia'. Oh, and to all of his ardent supporters.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tralgit

      Well its a bit stupid to go to stand/sit in front of a 60Ton bulldozer as for the rest; FY and your " martyrs " the world has enough of these idiots. Your dragging WW II into this problem shows your weakness, it has nothing to do with it.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • David S

      Stop rambling you idiot Corrie was a moron, who the hell stands in front of a moving bulldozer?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • richie_rich

      Next time maybe try getting out of the way of the tank.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tragic Kingdom

      What in the hell does this stupid git have to do with the article? Oh, that's right. Nothing.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RandomHuman

    No, it's more in the lines of you living in a United States of Idiocy.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Free Willy

    Give Palestine back and move Israel to Cuba, Disney can build new Holy City. Shoot Castro and make Cuba promised land. Throw in Toronto Blue Jays and $39.00 flights to Miami.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • David S

      Give Free Willy more crack to smoke.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • richie_rich

      I wish I could wear a diaper on my head like you...and you know, maybe you guys have something going on with that whole keep women in their place thing. I love the all black wardrobes, and the masks, it's like KKK, only different. Woot!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      It seems that Willy hade more than enough...

      October 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free Willy

      OK then move them to Afghanistan. What is so important about the land? The world is at war over a "Holy City". None of Isreal neighbors are willing to live in Peace, so F'ing move. I am sick and tired of American Soldiers dying to save the state of Israel.
      If that does work, then fight like men. Pick a place and time and go to war!

      October 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yaniv

    Just proves us that 1 Israeli worth 1000 arabs...

    October 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBrown

      1 Jew is worth a miilon Arabs!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • MajeztyRene

      Wow ! I was just thinkin' that !

      October 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rachel Corrie (rip)

    @Agrippa. Well said. And ty for reminding US that Israel's gov. is in fact racist. 🙂 It's hard to say Israelis are racists, because jews only make-up part of Israel's population. Funny how the jews claim christians are full of it when it comes to Jesus, yet American "christians" think jews are the bees knees.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      That's because Christians are heretic from Judaism, read your history. There is no Lord but the Eternal One.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      Honey, you are an example for all racist and anti semitic Christians. You're hating on your own God...like I said, I know you don't THINK, but Jesus was JEWISH.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tragic Kingdom

      The racist, anti-semitic one is you. Pretending to be a know-it-all just shows your ignorance.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |


    As the storm gathers in the Middle East as well as the deep economic troubles caused by both irresponsible government and personal debt worldwide we see Jew hatred once again come to the surface.

    Here is some disturbing examples both in Europe and the USA



    October 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tralgit

      No, this time the developed world has to defend her freedom and democracy against the NEW NAZI'S,

      October 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AZLib

    Am I the only one to note "women and children"... They are locking up children? For what throwing rocks at tanks in the school yard... You wonder why the palistianians are demanding their country....

    October 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      They have no country, "Palestine" is a BIG LIE. The children must have attacked Israelis, though I think HAMAS LIES A LOT! Once Shalit is safely back in Israeli hands, carpet bomb Gaza and shoot these terrorist Arabs once they're back.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avram

      One of these women, Amina Mona, befriended an Israeli teenage boy over the Internet, and then lured him to a Palestinian city, where waiting "militants" brutally murdered him.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • richie_rich

      You've never heard of a female homicide bomber? Investigate a little deeper and you will see how the media likes to refer to 16-19 year-olds as "children."

      October 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Murderers (even young ones) deserve to be locked in jail... and the Palestinians should not "demand" a country by killing people. They could have it for free since 1948 just for asking.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yuval

      It's not children who throw rocks at tanks.
      It's only 16 yrs old or older who tried to stab soldiers or got caught with bombs or any other sort of deadly weapon.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      Get your facts right.
      The only people who were throwing rocks at Israeli SOLDIERS were the sixteen year old Arab teens, who were taught and prepared all their life to be suicide bombers and kill as many Jews as possible.
      Think with your BRAIN (If you have one...) Not your ASS.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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