Egypt: Free 1000 Palestinians for Shalit


gheitEgypt’s foreign minister urged Israel yesterday to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured soldier Gilad Shalit. Egypt has been mediating a prisoner swap and Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Israel needs to show flexibility. A year ago, Hamas leader Mahmoud Za accused Israel of going back on a promise to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Shalit who was captured by Hamas-allied operatives in a cross-border raid near the Gaza border in 2006.”If you want a soldier, if you need a certain commodity and you are ready to pay in that commodity then pay for the sake of the soldier – give the Palestinians what they are after,” Aboul Gheit said in an interview with the Associated Press on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

“I think what they are after [is] 1,000 prisoners that would be exchanged for the sake of the soldier Shalit,” he said.

“I would encourage people to do [it],” Aboul Gheit said. “Why not? What is wrong? Give them the thousand and take your soldier and give him back to his family and his people and let the family enjoy having him back.”

The Egyptian minister said a prisoner swap could also lead to an opening of border crossings into Gaza.

“The problem is the Israelis are insisting there will not be a permanent opening of the crossings unless Shalit is released,” Aboul Gheit said.

“What we are telling the Israelis,” Aboul Gheit said, “[is to] make the exchange and facilitate for yourself and for the Palestinians.”

Egypt is also trying to mediate a power-sharing deal between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority and the West Bank.

“Eventually, we’re sure that we will manage to bring the Palestinians together,” Aboul Gheit said.

{JPost/Yair Israel}


  1. WHATS THE PRICE? 1000 more terrorists released GET READY for 1000 more suicide bombings & tons of deaths R”L ALL FOR 1 SOLDIER too bad this is the way israel works & trades, sorry

    NOTE: this is what Klal Yisroel gets when all these Tzaros Happen & we don’t wake up & do Teshuva Especially now during ASERES Y’MEI TESHUVA