18.08.2011 18.Aw-Elul, 5771
Despite interest, there is still distance between intensive negotiations and the signing of a deal, due to substantive disparities in parties' positions.
The resumption of negotiations in Cairo for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, as reported since the beginning of the week by Arab media, involves a coalescing of interests by the parties involved: Israel, Hamas and Egypt. All of these players currently have an interest in showing outward progress in the negotiations, or perhaps just the appearance of progress, in contacts over a deal.
There is still, however, quite a distance between intensive negotiations and the signing of a deal, resulting from both substantive disparities in the parties' positions and from considerations each of the parties has against arriving at a resolution. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday that there was a "grain of truth" in reports of progress on the issue in Cairo….