“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud’s Knesset faction Monday that a deal to secure the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit has not been finalized,” reports Haaretz. “The Arabic-language news station Al Arabiya, meanwhile, reported that a Hamas delegation that arrived in Cairo would discuss the issue with the German mediator. In recent days Netanyahu has been working to ensure that the cabinet will approve the deal. At a meeting in his office a few days ago, the possibility was raised of submitting the agreement to a limited forum before presenting it to the entire cabinet for approval.” The Jerusalem Post, however, reports some opposition to the prospect of swapping Palestinian terrorists for the long-held Israeli soldier.
HEADLINES TO TRACK:
- ‘Let us make peace,’ says PM in announcing 10 month settlement freeze — but freeze won’t apply to building in Israel’s capital of Jerusalem
- Ahmadinejad Says U.S., Israel Lack ‘Courage’ to Attack
- Brazil’s President Welcomes Iran’s Ahmadinejad
- Iran continues to press Russia for S-300 deliveries
- Russia, Iran to hold major economic meeting Nov 30-Dec 1 — bilateral trade expected to top $5 billion in 2010, up from $3 billion in 2007