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Olmert: Israel Cannot Meet All Palestinian Demands for Soldier's Release


Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says his country is not prepared to meet every demand of Palestinian militants to secure the release of a captured Israeli soldier.

Mr. Olmert told Israel's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Wednesday the list of Palestinian prisoners the militants want freed creates expectations Israel cannot meet.

The list, which has not been made public, is said to include up to 1,400 names.

Palestinian militants are demanding the prisoners be freed in return for the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, who was captured in June of last year.

Israel currently holds more than 11,000 Palestinian prisoners, including many political leaders, mostly for security offenses.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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