Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Olmert: Limit prisoner swap

JTA, 4-18-07

Ehud Olmert said there are limits to what Israel will give in exchange for a soldier held hostage in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli prime minister said Wednesday that Israel had rejected a list of 1,400 Palestinian prisoners whom Sgt. Gilad Shalit's captors want freed as ransom.

"The list is disappointing and creates expectations that are impossible to live up to," Olmert told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, according to an official briefing. "It has to be within proper proportions."

Olmert did not say how many prisoners he would be willing to free to recover Shalit, who was abducted to Gaza by Palestinian gunmen last June.

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