Israel, Hamas pledge to keep mum on Shalit deal – Haaretz – Israel News

Israel will release 980 prisoners in exchange for captive soldier Gilad Shalit, the State Prosecutor's Office stated Sunday in response to a petition filed by the parents of terror victims.Israel and Hamas have promised the German mediator negotiating the swap that the names of inmates released would not be disclosed, in order to ensure productive negotiations without media interference.

The response also noted that the military censor is entitled to prohibit the publication of any piece of information it believes “will significantly damage the possibility of returning Shalit alive and healthy,” or alternatively, if it believes publication will compromise national security.

Moreover, it said, it is virtually impossible to hold public negotiations with a “bitter enemy,” a terrorist organization holding a soldier captive and seeking the highest possible price in return for his release.

The state prosecutor wrote that ambiguity is essential to Israel’s very existence, and that without it, “it is impossible to hold effective negotiations and reach the goal of returning the abducted soldier to Israel.”

via Israel, Hamas pledge to keep mum on Shalit deal – Haaretz – Israel News.

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