Shalit was captured in Gaza [JURIST report] last June, and his detention helped spark a 34-day conflict [JURIST news archive] in the region last summer. Palestinian militants have demanded the large-scale release of Palestinian prisoners from the beginning, but negotiations have not been successful to date. In November 2006, Olmert said that Israel was willing to release many Palestinian prisoners [JURIST report] in exchange for Shalit's freedom, including long-term Palestinian detainees. Israel says Shalit's release is a precondition to any serious peace conditions. AP has more.
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