Jerusalem: Germany says Israel accepted a proposal by a German mediator to free a soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants in Gaza five years ago, but Hamas did not sign off on it.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he had accepted the proposal, but Hamas rejected the deal. It is thought to include hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the soldier, Sgt Gilad Schalit.
Hamas said Netanyahu was lying about the mediation effort.
On Monday, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert confirmed that Israel had accepted a German-mediated offer.
He said that "so far, Hamas regrettably has not yet accepted this proposal." He gave no details of the proposed deal.