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Israeli soldiers guard the Israeli side of the Quneitra Crossing on the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights on Oct. 15, 2018. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90.

How does Israel negotiate prisoner exchanges?

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The return home last week of an Israeli woman who had crossed the border into Syria has brought prisoner exchanges back to the headlines. How does Israel contact parties that are holding its citizens? What are...
A view from Mount Bental, overlooking the border with Syria, in the Golan Heights on Aug. 22, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Report: Prisoner exchange in works between Syria, Israel

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A prisoner exchange in the works between Israel and Syria was reported on Wednesday by Syrian state media and foreign sources. The release allegedly involves two Syrians who are prisoners in Israel and an Israeli...
Benny Gantz attends a Memorial Day ceremony at the Knesset on April 21, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Gantz reiterates commitment to return abducted soldiers, civilians from Gaza

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz reiterated his commitment on Wednesday to return the remains of Israel Defense Forces’ soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, as well as abducted civilians Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, believed...
Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails as part of the 2011 prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas wave as they leave an Israeli military base outside Jerusalem, on Oct 18, 2011. Photo by Kobi Gideon/Flash90.

Report: Israel conveys prisoner-swap offer to Hamas

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Israel recently presented Hamas with a proposal for a prisoner swap and is waiting for a response, Ynet reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the proposed deal (the details of which have not been released) was...
Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails as part of the 2011 prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas wave as they leave an Israeli military base outside Jerusalem, on Oct 18, 2011. Photo by Kobi Gideon/Flash90.

‘The terrorists you free today will return to murdering Jews’

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According to Israeli defense and security establishment estimates, about half of the some 14,000 terrorists to whom Israel has granted early release over the past 35 years resumed their terrorist activities. Many of the...
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh attends a groundbreaking ceremony for the Rafah Medical Complex in the southern Gaza Strip on Nov. 23, 2019. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Hamas threatens more kidnappings if prisoner deal not reached with Israel

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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh threatened to kidnap more Israelis on Wednesday if a prisoner deal is not reached. “A prisoner-exchange deal has a known price. Israel knows that. Either we will come to a respectable...
Gilad Shalit and Nitzan Shabbat. Source: Screenshot.

Former IDF captive Gilad Shalit gets engaged

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Gilad Shalit, the former Israel Defense Forces’ soldier captured by Hamas and held in captivity in the Gaza Strip for more than five years, got engaged over the weekend. A selfie featuring a smiling Shalit,...