Two killed as army helicopters launch attack on Palestinian fighters in Gaza.
Later, Barghouti told Al Jazeera that he was hopeful that an exchange could take place quickly.
|“It is the Israeli side that now has to respond and agree, we hope, with names we have proposed so that the exchange can take place very quickly”
Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian Information Minister
He said: “The government is supporting the process, the government is not in charge directly, but it is supporting the process completely and trying to reach a quick solution to this.
Barghouti did say how many names were on the list.
Shalit’s captors initially demanded the release of 1,400 Palestinian prisoners, including women, children and dozens of the longest-serving inmates after he was seized on June 25.
About 9,300 Palestinian security prisoners are currently being held by Israel.
On Friday, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, said he was confident that the Israeli soldier and Alan Johnston, an abducted BBC journalist, would soon be released.
Gary, London, UK
“I am convinced we must free the soldier Shalit. He cannot remain imprisoned all this time.
“At the same time, we say to the Israelis that they must free the Palestinian prisoners. But one thing does not depend on the other. Shalit must be released.”
Olmert has said he is willing, in principle, to release prisoners but the swap has been prevented by disagreement over who should be freed.