Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap Deal German Brokered Talks Headed for Failure

A Berlin-brokered deal to free Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier kidnapped and held captive since June 2006 in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, appears to be collapsing. SPIEGEL sources have confirmed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shocked by the scope of concessions, has withdrawn his support for the terms of the deal.
An Israeli carries a banner of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit in Jerusalem.

An Israeli carries a banner of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit in Jerusalem.

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