Saudi Prince Offers Bounty for Israeli Soldiers

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A member of Saudi Arabia's royal family has increased a reward to $1 million for any captured Israeli soldier to be used in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.

Prince Khaled bin Talal says he will add $900,000 to a previous offer by a Saudi cleric, who had promised $100,000 to kidnap Israeli soldiers to be used in another prisoner swap.

"I tell Sheik al-Qarani that I support you and I will pay $900,000 to make it one million dollars to capture an Israeli soldier to release other prisoners," a voice identified as Prince Khaled told the kingdom's al-Daleel TV station by telephone Saturday.

The prince holds no official position in the Saudi government.

The announcement follows the recent Palestinian prisoner exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was held by Hamas in Gaza for more than five years.

Khaled said he made the offer in response to what he said were Israeli threats against Qarani's life. He did not provide any further details.

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