DEAL FOR SHALIT RELEASE DEVELOPING: Please pray for Gilad, his family, and the nation that longs for his return

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud’s Knesset faction Monday that a deal to secure the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit has not been finalized,” reports Haaretz. “The Arabic-language news station Al Arabiya, meanwhile, reported that a Hamas delegation that arrived in Cairo would discuss the issue with the German mediator. In recent days Netanyahu has been working to ensure that the cabinet will approve the deal. At a meeting in his office a few days ago, the possibility was raised of submitting the agreement to a limited forum before presenting it to the entire cabinet for approval.” The Jerusalem Post, however, reports some opposition to the prospect of swapping Palestinian terrorists for the long-held Israeli soldier.