Hamas demands release of security prisoners before entering negotiations
Hamas: Bodies of Israelis in exchange for security prisonersThe leader of Hamas in Gaza stated that his organization is ready to negotiate a deal that will see to the return of the bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul if Israel releases the security prisoners who were arrested after being released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. "We have cards when it comes to prisoners," he explained.
The Palestinian terrorist organization in Gaza is ready to discuss returning the bodies of Israelis in exchange for the Palestinians who were arrested by Israel after being released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, according to Hamas' leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar. "We are ready to hold negotiations immediately through a third party in order to discuss a prisoner exchange if Israel releases the prisoners from the Shalit deal that were arrested again," Sinwar said Monday. "We have cards when it comes to prisoners, which help us stand on solid ground. Our commitment and promise to all prisoners are that we will free them in respectable deals."
Yesterday, it was reported that Hamas recently took a firmer position regarding the possibility of negotiations for a prisoner exchange. According to the report, the terrorist organization is demanding that before it enters negotiations with Israel, thousands of prisoners who were arrested during Operation Brother’s Keeper need to be released.
Yesterday afternoon, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that Israel "must not repeat the mistakes made in the Shalit prisoner exchange."
"As part of the deal, we released 1,027 terrorists, among them murderers and their handlers including Mahmoud Qawasmeh, who was expelled to Gaza and funded the kidnapping of the three teenage boys, and Yahya Sinwar, who leads Hamas in Gaza," Lieberman said. The Israeli minister added: "I continue to be personally committed to the return of Hadar and Oron to Israel and [the return of] our citizens who are being held in the Gaza Strip contrary to international law."
"It is important to remember that 202 of those released in the Shalit deal have since been arrested by the security establishment for being involved in terrorism," Lieberman's statement continued. "Among them, 111 are still being held in Israeli prisons and seven Israelis have been directly or indirectly murdered by those released in the same deal."
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