In all my years here, I have never seen anything quite like this situation with Gilad Shalit. This is the first time a prisoner exchange has been proposed for a live soldier. You'd think, knowing that, they'd be trying harder to get him back. Before, we let hundreds of terrorists go free (including arch-terrorsit Samir Kuntar) in exchange for dead bodies. This is also the first time I've seen such a concerted opposition to the release. And the first time I have seen the cabinet have so many meetings and not come to a decision. This episode must have the potential for earth-shattering and/or life-changing consequences. Let's all hope and pray that the outcome will be good news for Bnei Yisrael.
Latest report: German mediator delays prison swap visit to Gaza
A German mediator said by a Hamas official to have arrived in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday for talks on a Hamas-Israel prisoner swap has postponed his visit, the Islamist group said later. A Hamas official told Reuters the mediator had not arrived in Gaza.
Another official close to the negotiations said the official would travel to the territory on Wednesday because Israel wanted to modify its reply to Hamas's demands and asked him to postpone his meetings. (Reuters)
No doubt, when it comes, it will be at the precise moment decreed by HKB"H.