Bereaved parents petition court on prisoner deal

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Parents who lost children in terrorist attacks have asked Israel’s Supreme Court to require public debate on a prisoner exchange deal. 

The bereaved parents and the Almagor terror victims organization petitioned the court Tuesday to require full disclosure of any deal to release captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, including the names of the Palestinian terrorists to be released in a prisoner exchange.

Also Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said no deal has been made for Shalit’s release. 

"There is no conclusion, no decision and no deal," Netanyahu said during a speech at National Police headquarters.

He added that any deal would be open to public scrutiny and a government vote.
 

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