An Israeli Cabinet minister suggested Tuesday swapping a jailed Palestinian militant for an Israeli soldier kidnapped 15 months ago.
The Israeli government began taking steps Monday towards a prisoner exchange with Hamas with a secret meeting with convicted killer Marwan Barghouti.
After one year with parliamentary majority, the Palestinian Hamas party is blamed for a worsening of security by 76 percent of Palestinians in a poll.
A Fatah leader imprisoned in Israel says the Palestinians must combine resistance and negotiation to end what he called "the siege" conditions they live in.
Two Israeli envoys had secret talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on prisoner exchanges, Haartez reported Tuesday.
Israel would be willing to exchange 1,000 prisoners for captured soldier Gilad Shalit, a senior source told Haaretz.
Hamas has new demands for a Palestinian prisoner release in exchange for the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier, London's al-Hayat reported Thursday.
An Israeli-U.S. deal may free an Israeli spy held in a U.S. prison for 21 years in exchange for Israel releasing a Palestinian leader, a report says.
At least 14 Palestinians elected to the new Palestinian Legislative Council this week are Israeli prisoners, the Jerusalem Post reported. The director-general of the Mandela Institute for Human Rights says 14 security prisoners in Israeli jails apparently
There were 31 candidates in Israeli prisons among those running in Wednesday's Palestinian parliamentary elections, including convicted terrorists.