An Austrian politician says one of Muammar Gadhafi's sons told him Libya was ready to sign a peace treaty with Israel once the fighting in his country ended.
David Lasar also said Thursday that Seif al-Islam, Gadhafi's longtime heir apparent, also told him he was ready to act as a middleman to secure the release of an Israel soldier held for more than four years by Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling Gaza.
Lasar, a Vienna municipal political with the rightist Freedom Party, was in Libya last month on a trip coordinated between his party and Ayoub Kara, an Israeli deputy minister.
Lasar is Jewish, while Kara is a Druse, and both occasionally assume positions and take on missions that are unusual for their government or party.
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