A senior Israeli government official told the French Press Agency (AFP) that on Tuesday evening, cabinet members were called in to hold an urgent session to discuss “a serious offer” to release the Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who is currently held captive by Hamas, The Palestine News & Info agency WAFA, reported.“The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called up his cabinet to hold an emergency meeting at 8 p.m.,” the official said, adding that “the meeting would discuss the possibility of arranging the release of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.”

The official said that Netanyahu would not call such a meeting unless there was a serious offer being tabled, regarding a genuine prisoner exchange deal with the Hamas Movement.