« | »

Hamas Wants 1,000 Prisoners For Israeli Hostage

From Israel’s Haaretz:

Israel’s Ashkelon prison for Palestinian prisoners.

Report: Israel discusses freeing 1,000 Palestinians in Shalit swap

By Yoav Stern, Haaretz

Correspondent An Israeli delegation is visiting Egypt to discuss a proposed deal for the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israel Defense Forces soldier abducted by Hamas on June 25, a Saudi Arabian newspaper reported Friday.

The deal involves Hamas’ release of Shalit in exchange for Israel’s release of about 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails, according to a senior Egyptian source quoted by the newspaper, Okaz. The paper said Egypt would help carry out the swap. According to the proposed deal, the Palestinian prisoners will be freed in three phases, with the first phase beginning three days after Shalit’s release, the newspaper reported.

The first 350 prisoners freed will be those facing light jail terms, the second batch of 350 will be facing medium-length terms, and the final batch – also of 350 – will be facing extended prison sentences, according to the deal. Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti will not be among the prisoners released in the deal, the newspaper reported. However, the Palestinian ministers and legislators who have been arrested by Israel recently may be freed if the Palestinians agree to form a unity government.

I can’t believe Israel would seriously consider this.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 1st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Hamas Wants 1,000 Prisoners For Israeli Hostage”

Sorry, comments for this entry are closed at this time.

« Front Page | To Top
« | »