Israel asks Clinton to mediate prisoner exchange deal with Hamas

Published July 11th, 2010 - 01:44 GMT
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton

Israel is trying to engage former U.S. President Bill Clinton to help mediate a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas, media reports said. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Mr. Clinton during his recent US visit and proposed that he visit Gaza to negotiate a prisoner exchange deal with top Hamas officials that would lead to the release of some 1000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit, Palestinian news agency Ma'an, reported.

Hamas leaders have not received any information on Clinton's potential visit, but Hamas official, Ahmed Yousef, stated that his group "welcomes every effort to expose Israeli crimes against the population of Gaza." "The government is open to the world through contact with Western officials, who are well briefed on the suffering of the Palestinian people," Yousef was quoted by the agency as saying.


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