Israel and Hamas have reached a prisoner exchange deal that will secure the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, officials at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Tuesday.
Al Jazeera English: Hamas ‘close’ to prisoner-Shalit swap deal
Hamas is “close” to reaching a deal with the Israeli government on swapping Palestinian prisoners for the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip, an official said.
“We are close to a deal,” a Hamas official confirmed to Al Jazeera.
The details are not fully negotiated but Hamas is “close to receiving 100 per cent” of its demands, the official said.
Reports say the swap will be 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit.
FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States” tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today.
The officials said the plot included the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and subsequent bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.
Bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were also discussed, according to the U.S. officials. . .
The new case, called Operation Red Coalition, began in May when an Iranian-American from Corpus Christi, Texas, approached a DEA informant seeking the help of a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, according to counter-terrorism officials.
Not everyone seems to be buying it.
Other than that not much going on.