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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Excerpt from report in English by Khalid Abu-Tu'amah headlined: "Haniyah: Shalit will be released soon", carried by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post website on 28 December
Palestinian [National] Authority Prime Minister Isma'il Haniyah said Thursday [28 December] that kidnapped IDF [Israel Defence Forces] soldier Gilad Shalit would be released soon. His remarks sparked a wave of speculation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip about an impending prisoner exchange between Israel and the Palestinians.
Earlier, Haniyah phoned the wife of imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan al-Barghuthi and told her that Israel and …