June 30th 2006
Egyptian president Hosnei Mubarak says a negotiated settlement resolving the current Israel/Palestine confrontation may occur soon. Says the Jerusalem Post:
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Friday that a compromise had been reached with several Hamas leaders for a conditional release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.
The agreement that Mubarak claimed to have reached with the kidnappers involved an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and the release of prisoners scheduled to be released anyway in the next year, in exchange for the release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit who was kidnapped on Sunday, Palestinian sources said.
The London-based Al-Hayat newspaper said that Cairo has proposed that the swap would not be simultaneous but that the Palestinian prisoners would be freed later. Al-Hayat’s sources, whom it did not name, said Hamas’ leadership outside the Palestinian territories has not responded to the proposal.
Mubarak told Egypt’s leading pro-government newspaper, Al-Ahram that Shalit’s kidnappers have agreed to his conditional release, but Israel has not yet accepted their terms.
By the way, I didn’t notice any articles in JPost exposing Mossad’s latest intelligence gathering techniques, criticising Ehud Olmert’s conduct of the campaign or calling for the closing of the prisons in which Israel holds suspected terrorists.