Press TV, Feburary 18, 2009 - A senior Israeli defense official believes that the only way to bring the captive soldier back home is fulfilling Hamas conditions.
Israel's top negotiator in talks with Egypt on a Gaza truce, Amos Gilad, criticized Tel Aviv for linking Gaza truce to the release of Gilad Shait, saying the last moment condition disturbs the peace process.
He said that conditioning the opening of the border-crossings to Shalit's release may come at the expense of Egypt's support fro Israel.
"I don't understand what it is that they're trying to do. To insult the Egyptians? We've already insulted them. It's madness. It's simply madness. Egypt has remained almost our last ally here", Maariv daily quoted Gilad as telling a close associate.
Egypt, which has been mediating peace talks between Israel and Hamas following the deadly three-week-long war on Gaza, also believes that the issues should remain separate adding that Cairo would not change its stance on the truce.....