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Israel to reward Abbas in phase 2 of Shalit deal?


The second phase of theGilad Shalit prisoner swap, which will see the release of another 550 prisoners, will be completed in the next two weeks, with Israel seeking to use the occasion to boost Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ status. Sources familiar with the issue told Ynet that officials in Jerusalem are seeking to link the upcoming prisoner release to a previous Israeli pledge to Fatahdetainees rather than Hamas prisoners.

Ynetnews, Israel

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