Israel and Hamas Agree to Swap Prisoners for Soldier

Israel and Hamas, two of the Middle East’s most implacable foes, announced Tuesday they had reached a tentative agreement brokered by Egypt to exchange more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for an Israeli soldier held captive in Gaza for more than five years.

Exactly 1,934 days after Hamas kidnapped Gilad Schalit near Kerem Shalom on the border with Gaza, the cabinet met in a dramatic meeting Tuesday night to approve a deal for his release.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Gilad Shalit, the soldier captured by Hamas more than five years ago, will be returning to Israel in the next couple of days after a prisoner exchange with the Palestinians was brokered to win his freedom.