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The Abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit (Yaron Kaminsky)

Last update - 18:24 03/05/2008
Kuwaiti paper: Hamas willing to show flexibility over Shalit
By Haaretz Service

Tags: Israel, Hamas, Gilad Shalit
Palestinian sources have said that Hamas is willing to show flexibility over a prisoner swap deal, which may facilitate the release of the abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida reported on Saturday. The paper said that Hamas had told Egypt it is willing to continue negotiations over the release of Shalit, who was abducted by Hamas militants in 2006, in exchange for a lull in the fighting between the Islamic organization and Israel in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar reported on Saturday that the heart procedure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas underwent in a Jordan hospital on Thursday resulted from the acute distress he suffered after his meeting with U.S. President George Bush last week.
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A Palestinian official told the paper that Abbas was deeply upset by Bush's unequivocal endorsement of Israel's policy toward the West Bank and Gaza. "Bush's stance shocked and agitated him. He seemed angered, and now suffers from disquiet and weakness," the source said. Abbas is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem on Monday. Related articles:
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