JERUSALEM — Amid a flurry of media reports that after more than three years of deadlock, Hamas may agree this week to release St.-Sgt. Gilad Shalit, President Shimon Peres told reporters in Cairo on Sunday that progress had been made toward a prisoner swap.
“There are negotiations between the two sides. I do not think that I need to elaborate. We all know there is progress. I hope that it will lead to a positive conclusion,” Peres said.
Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi warned that the media reports on progress in the talks “could harm the efforts” to release Shalit.