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Baskin Played Big Role in Shalit Talks

By Haaretz

A great many diplomats and intelligence officials from Egypt, Germany, France, Turkey and other countries tried for more than five years to broker an agreement between Israel and Hamas for Gilad Shalit’s release. Yet the breakthrough in July that led to the deal came from Gershon Baskin, the Israeli co-director of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information. He became the intermediary between senior Hamas officials and Israeli envoy David Meidan.Read More


Terror Victim Vandalizes Rabin Memorial To Protest Shalit Deal

By Haaretz

The memorial for slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin near Tel Aviv City Hall was desecrated late Thursday night by a man whose family was killed in the 2001 terror attack at the Jerusalem “Sbarro” restaurant.Read More


Shalit's Abductor Will Be Freed in Swap

By Haaretz

Hamas has begun releasing the names of Palestinian prisoners due to be released as part of the Gilad Shalit swap deal on Thursday, a list which includes some top Hamas officials.Read More


Ministers Demand Release of Jewish Terrorists Too

By Haaretz

Aside from debating whether or not to vote for a prisoner exchange deal that would set Gilad Shalit free, several members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet offered several lines of action Israel could take following the deal’s execution.Read More


General Says No to U.S. Palestinian Aid Cut-Off

By JTA

The Israeli general in charge of the West Bank is on the record opposing cuts in U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority.Read More


Israel Wouldn't Free Marwan Barghouti in Shalit Swap

A newly signed prisoner exchange deal geared at releasing Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit would have imploded if Hamas had insisted on the release of Fatah strongmen, the Gaza-ruling militant group said on Thursday.Read More


Timeline of Gilad Shalit Drama

By Haaretz

The following is a timeline of significant dates in the captivity of Gilad Shalit:Read More


Sukkah Goes Up at Occupy Wall Street

By JTA

A sukkah was erected in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New YorRead More


Gilad Shalit Expected Home Next Week

Kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit will be returned to Israel on Tuesday or Wednesday next week, Israeli authorities reported. Shalit is expected to be transferred to the Sinai Peninsula through Rafah crossing, then to Israel. According to reports, Israel Defense Forces intend to allow Shalit to be reunited with his family as soon as possible.Read More


Minister Blasts Shalit Deal as 'Great Victory for Terrorism'

By Haaretz

National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau said Wednesday that the prisoner swap agreement reached between Israel and Hamas to free Gilad Shalit was a “great victory for terrorism.”Read More





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