Israel, Hamas Reach PoW Deal
JERUSALEM [MENL] -- Israel and Hamas have reached a deal for the release of
more than 1,000 convicted insurgents in exchange for an Israel Army sergeant.
Officials said Israel and Hamas signed the PoW agreement on Oct. 11 in
Cairo after the Islamic movement agreed to a two-phase release. They said
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was expected to obtain imminent Cabinet
approval of the German-mediated deal, in which Sgt. Gilad Shalit would be
released over the next week in exchange for the return of the Hamas military
leadership in the West Bank.