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Netanyahu Announces Deal to Free Gilad Shalit

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Released Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the opening of special Cabinet meeting


(JTA) -- Israel and Hamas reportedly have arrived at a prisoner exchange agreement that would free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post quoted officials in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office as confirming a report that appeared earlier Tuesday in the Arab media.

The reports said that the Israeli Cabinet was meeting late Tuesday to approve the deal. Media reports did not provide specifics about the agreement.

Previous efforts to free Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas-associated gunmen in a 2006 cross-border raid, have been frustrated by Hamas demands that Israel release terrorists responsible for some of the deadliest attacks on Israel.

Germany and Egypt have been attempting to broker a deal.

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