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Germany's Role in Soldier's Release Berlin Provided Discreet Aid in Shalit Negotiations

The deal reached this week between Israel and Hamas over the release of soldier Gilad Shalit has brought relief to the government in Berlin. For years, an envoy with the German foreign intelligence service worked as a mediator between both sides. In the end, however, the Egyptians played the decisive role, with the BND watching from afar in Germany.
Von Michael Gebauer und Ulrike Putz
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (shown here in 2009) is expected to be released within a week.

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (shown here in 2009) is expected to be released within a week.

DPA