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Friday, September 15, 2006

Report: Israel gets letter from Shalit

The 'Palestinian' daily al-Ayyam reports this morning that Israel has received a letter from kidnapped IDF corporal Gilad Shalit, which is addressed to his father. Noam Shalit, Gilad's father, and the security forces, have declined to comment on the report (which means it is probably true). The Jerusalem Post adds:
The report said a Hamas delegation from Damascus gave the letter to Egyptian officials in Cairo. Egypt then passed it on to former deputy Shin Bet head Ofer Dekel, who is in charge of dealing with the affairs of the kidnapped soldiers.


A senior IDF official announced on Thursday that Shalit was still alive, and that he was being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

According to Palestinian officials, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was optimistic on Thursday regarding Shalit's release in the near future. However, Hamas has consistently denied that significant progress has been made in freeing the soldier.
This means that Hamas in the Gaza Strip is trying to get its leader in Damascus Khaled Meshaal to agree to let Shalit go. Shalit has become a burden to Hamas, as it seems that they are unlikely to get anything for him other than their own 'legislators' and 'ministers.'


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