Breaking: Gilad Shalit to be released?

Fox and CNN are both quoting Mahmoud Abbas as saying it could be “imminent.” Fox says Olmert hasn’t heard anything about it.


Update: Abbas told Condi Rice two days ago that he thought he could make it happen, but only as part of a prisoner swap.

How’d the last prisoner swap work out for Israel, by the way?

Update: Here’s Fox’s report on Abbas. I think he’s blowing smoke. The last thing Hamas would want is to bolster Fatah’s authority by making it look like Abbas brokered the deal that ended the crisis.

Updated: As expected:

[T]he armed wing of the Hamas militant group dismissed [Abbas’s] claim and said: “Nothing has changed in the case of the Israeli soldier,”

“The file remains in the hands of the resistance factions and not in the hands of any politician.”

“The armed wing,” mind you. As opposed to all the other wings.