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Israeli government stopped Shalit deal

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New details concerning prisoner exchange reveal Hamas was willing to compromise over a year prior to Shalit's release, but unofficial initiative to that effect was dismissed by government

Codename – "Phoenix": In the end of 2009, a little over three years after IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was abducted by Hamas, Israel's negotiations for his release hit an all-time low.

German mediator Gerhard Conrad arrived in the Gaza Strip that December and met with Ahmed Jabari, head of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, who was holding Shalit, and presented him with his draft for a prisoner exchange deal.

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And one more page in the book of Bibi's heroic government.

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Considering that they made a one thousand to one trade, I'm pretty sure they had to delay to even get that good a deal. Hardly seems unusual in that environment.

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