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Israel Reviews Prisoner List for Soldier Swap

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Israeli and Palestinian officials say they are making some progress on a possible prisoner exchange for a captured Israeli soldier.

Palestinian militants want hundreds of prisoners freed in exchange for Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit, who was captured last year.

Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad says the soldier could be freed in a week if Israel agrees to an exchange.

But Israeli Cabinet Minister Rafi Eitan says releasing prisoners could pose a threat to Israel's security. The prisoners include Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti and the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Saadat.

Meanwhile, Israeli security forces wounded a Palestinian man Sunday after he stabbed two Israeli police officers.

A military spokesman says the attack took place in the West Bank city of Hebron near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims.

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