Israel ready for prisoners' deal with Hezbollah: Report

Israel has lifted its opposition to a deal with Hezbollah involving the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for "signs of life" from captured soldiers.

Israel ready for prisoners' deal with Hezbollah: Report
Israel has lifted its opposition to a deal with Hezbollah involving the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for "signs of life" from captured soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, a source in the defense establishment told Haaretz.

This source and other officials told Haaretz that indirect negotiations for the release of the two soldiers that the Shiite organization abducted in July 2006 did not bog down after the assassination of Hezbollah senior official, Imad Mughniyah, last month, in Damascus.

Hezbollah has accused Israel of engineering Mughniyah's assassination.

The talks regarding Regev and Goldwasser, these sources said, are conducted by a German secret service official under United Nations auspices, but are yielding little progress, the Israeli daily added.

Meanwhile, negotiations with the Palestinian group, Hamas, for the release of Gilad Shalit, another Israeli soldier captured in 2006, are not progressing, the sources added.

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