No deal yet on Shalit

2009-11-23 20:05

Jerusalem - Israel has not yet reached a prisoner-swap deal with Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday as efforts for the release of soldier Gilad Shalit appeared to gather pace.

"There is no deal yet," Netanyahu told deputies of his right-wing Likud party, according to an official present at the meeting.

"The question will be decided by the government and there will be a debate in the Knesset," he said, referring to Israel's parliament.