A German mediator was set on Tuesday to provide Hamas with the Israeli response to a prisoner swap deal that would secure the release of a captured Israel soldier in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian detainees. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with senior ministers late into Monday night on whether to meet Hamas' demands, which include the release of senior members responsible for attacks that killed dozens of Israelis.
According to Reuters, a source close to the negotiations conveyed Israel had passed on its decision. The source added it was up to Hamas to decide whether it would accept the Israeli offer.
Netanyahu's office issued a statement after late-night talks with cabinet ministers ended, saying only that the Israeli leader had instructed his negotiating team to continue efforts to bring home 23-year-old soldier Gilad Shalit.