Hamas released a video recording of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, proving the he is alive and well. In a two and a half minute statement, Shalit held up a Palestinian newspaper from September 14, 2009, and recalled an event from his past that only he and his family would know. His voice was strong and clear. He expressed the hope that PM Benjamin Netanyahu would not miss the opportunity to secure his release. In the first part of what appears to be a deal in the works, some 20 Palestinian female prisoners either convicted or suspected of attacks on Israelis, were released. Following is the full transcript of Shalit's video message: "Hello, I am Gilad, son of Noam and Aviva Schalit, brother of Hadas and Yoel, who lives in Mitzpe Hila. My ID number is 300097029. "As you see I am holding in my hands the Palestine newspaper of September 14, 2009, published in Gaza. I am reading the paper in order to find information regarding myself, hoping to find some information from which I would learn of my release and upcoming return home. I have been hoping and waiting for the day of me release for a long time. I hope the current government under Binyamin Netanyahu will not waste the chance to finalize a deal, and I will therefore be able to finally have my dream come true and be released. "I wish to send regards to my family and say to them that I love and miss them and yearn for the day in which I would see them again. "Dad, Yoel and Hadas, do you remember the day when you <b>...</b>
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