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Netanyahu Confirms: Shalit Talks Renewed

October 18, 2010
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Still, he continued, “I don't think the talks would benefit from being conducted over the airwaves, even if this is Army Radio's 60th anniversary. There has been renewed contact with the German mediator, who asked to become involved when I took office,” Netanyahu concluded.

Meanwhile, the Shalit family, joined by some 200 people, have gathered and are protesting near Kibbutz Degania, where the government is set to hold a special meeting later today [October 17], to mark 100 years of the Kibbutz Movement.

The protestors are carrying signs reading: “Winter session and you're sleeping” and “Captive? Go find your friends”. Noam Shalit, the captive soldier's father, said Netanyahu's comments were “nonsense,” adding that the prime minister's remarks were made only to “ease public pressure.”

Hamas refused to acknowledge previous statements made by Deputy Hamas Politburo Chief, Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk about the talks. A senior Hamas member told Ynet Sunday that the talks are deadlocked and have been for nearly a year.

“The Israelis have reneged on the understandings reached with the help of the German mediator. Our demands stand as they are, and as far as we know, Israel's position—which ended the last round of talks—has not changed. “As far as we are concerned we are still at an impasse, unless Israel announces it accepts all of our demands,” said the source.

At that time, he added, “not only would progress be made, but the talks could materialize (into a deal). Israel has a decision to make and it is Israel that is holding up the talks.” Hamas, he concluded, “May decide to present a new set of demands if Israel continues in its pertinacity.”

Posted on October 18, 2010

Source: (By Ahiya Raved, Ali Waked contributed, Ynetnews, October 17, 2010)

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