PM Postpones Cabinet Session on Shalit

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert postponed Monday's Cabinet meeting to discuss the latest developments in the Egyptian-mediated prisoner swap for captive IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Cpl. Gilad Shalit.

"It should be emphasized that as of yet, there is no sign that indicates a result in any particular direction in the negotiations," the Prime Minister's Office said.

Olmert described Hamas as "an inhumane terrorist organization that believes human compassion is a weakness."

Israeli negotiators Ofer Dekel and Shin Bet (General Security Agency) chief Yuval Diskin stayed over in Cairo to continue negotiations for Shalit's release.

At Sunday's Cabinet meeting, Olmert said he had instructed Dekel and Diskin "to exhaust all efforts to return Gilad."

Most Cabinet ministers support the release of Palestinians "with blood on their hands" to secure Shalit's return.

"Many of the Palestinian prisoners whose release is being discussed were tried and imprisoned during my tenure as head of Shin Bet," MK Ami Ayalon (Labor), minister without portfolio who serves on the security cabinet, told Army Radio.

"There is no prisoner sitting in Israeli jail worth Gilad Shalit's continued captivity," Ayalon said.

Shalit's parents, who erected a tent across the street from Olmert's Jerusalem residence a week ago, have received a steady stream of visitors, including members of Knesset and Cabinet ministers.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, israel national news

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