Israel Completes List for Prisoner Swap

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A ministerial committee chaired by Vice Premier Haim Ramon submitted a draft list of 450 Palestinian prisoners to be released in exchange for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Shalit was captured on June 25, 2006, when Palestinian terrorists tunneled under the border near the Kerem Shalom crossing to the Gaza Strip and attacked an IDF outpost, killing two soldiers, wounding three and kidnapping the corporal.

Once the prisoner list has been reviewed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, it will be forwarded to Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, who will present it to Hamas.

The list of 450 prisoners includes some with "blood on their hands," those who have killed Israelis, because the government decided it had to give in to the terror group's demands to move the exchange forward.

Hamas has raised its demands from 1,000 to 1,500 prisoners to be released in stages.

Meanwhile, Israel has hinted that it would take "various active measures" if the stalemate continues.

"If the freeze persists and the talks [on Shalit] do not progress, Israel will take additional measures in the Gaza Strip," read a statement forwarded to Egyptian mediators to pass on to Hamas.

Source: Haaretz

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