Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Israeli Spy Chief in Cario in bid to free soldier

JERUSALEM - The head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service was in Egypt on Sunday, making a final push to win the release of an Israeli soldier held by Palestinian militants before outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert steps down. Olmert said he sent Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin and veteran prisoner-swap negotiator Ofer Dekel to Cairo to make "an additional effort" in Egyptian-mediated talks with the radical Hamas movement, which has been holding Sgt. Gilad Schalit since June 2006.

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