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Støre pessimistic about return of Israel’s Shalit. Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, says he doesn’t hold out much hope that captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be returned anytime soon. Støre was in Paris this week attending a meeting of donor countries to discuss financial aid to Palestine. As well as talking about the easing of the Israeli-imposed Gaza blockade, the case of the now 23-year-old soldier Shalit, captured by Hamas four years ago, was also on the agenda.

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Støre pessimistic about return of Israel’s Shalit

Published on Saturday, 3rd July, 2010 at 10:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Ramona Tancau   .
Last Updated on 3rd July 2010 at 14:36.

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, says he doesn’t hold out much hope that captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be returned anytime soon.

Jonas Gahr Støre
Jonas Gahr Støre
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Støre was in Paris this week attending a meeting of donor countries to discuss financial aid to Palestine.

As well as talking about the easing of the Israeli-imposed Gaza blockade, the case of the now 23-year-old soldier Shalit, captured by Hamas four years ago, was also on the agenda.

Earlier in the day, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the country would be willing to exchange 1000 Palestinian prisoners for Shalit, but said it wouldn’t be unconditional, reports The Jerusalem Post.

“Israel is prepared to pay a heavy price for Gilad Schalit’s freedom, but it can’t say, ‘At any price.’ This is the truth and I’m saying it here,” Netanyahu said.

Støre said he didn’t believe the deal could be brokered, as previous attempts by Egyptian and German mediators had failed.

“This is an old case. We have heard the Prime Minister put the offer forward before. Egypt has tried to facilitate a prisoner exchange several times, but efforts have always beached. Part of the reason is that nobody’s agreed on who the 1,000 prisoners should be,” he told NRK.

Complicated

Netanyahu also said past experience has shown some former Palestinian prisoners have killed Israelis after being released. He underlined he hadn’t agreed to all the names on Hamas’s list, and Israel has insisted on barring the most dangerous terrorists from entering the West Bank.

“Trading dangerous terrorists for hostages is difficult because it endangers lives, even as it saves others”, he said.

Meanwhile, Jonas Gahr Støre said he was appalled by Shalit’s case.

“It is completely unacceptable to hold any prisoner so long.”



Published on Saturday, 3rd July, 2010 at 10:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Ramona Tancau   .
Last updated on 3rd July 2010 at 14:36.

This post has the following tags: gilad, shalit, jonas, gahr, stoere, benjamin, netanyahu, paris, conference, donor, countries, norway, israel, gaza, palestine, hamas.





  
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