Hamas: No Deal Until Prisoners Are Freed


Ahmed Bahar, deputy chairman of the Palestinian parliament and a senior member of the Hamas leadership in Gaza, said on Sunday that the Palestinian “resistance groups” would not approve any prisoner exchange deal with Israel before terrorists who were freed in the Shalit deal and were rearrested by Israel are released from Israeli prisons.

Israel freed more than 1,000 terrorists in 2011 in exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. However, many of them have since been rearrested after it was discovered that they had returned to terrorist activities after their release.

Hamas has been holding the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge. In addition, two Israeli civilians who went missing in Gaza – Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed – are believed to be held by Hamas as well.

The terms for a deal reportedly include Hamas controlled Gaza strip recieving an airport and a seaport.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.



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