Hamas Rejects Unprecedented Deal for Shalit


shalit2The London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Friday that Hamas’s military wing vetoed a ‘good deal’ offered by Israel. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Friday for the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Schalit has been held by the Hamas terrorist organization for five years without visits from international bodies such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Sources from Merkel’s office said a draft of a final agreement for Shalit’s release prompted the joint statement. German mediators in the Shalit deal reportedly visited Gaza two months ago.

According to the sources 1,000 Palestinian Authority Arab prisoners would be handed over in exchange for Schalit, but the Hamas military wing vetoed the proposal.

Other sources close to the negotiations indicated France and Germany offered to extend de facto recognition to the Hamas government in Gaza, which would allow for European investment in the territory, and were working to ease border restrictions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “offered Hamas a good deal, better than anything offered by Olmert,” Al-Sharq al-Awsat” said.

Hamas’s political leadership accepted the proposal, but the military leadership, which has ties with Iran, rejected it,” the report said.

Egypt, another mediator in the deal, was also reportedly involved in trying to broker a deal for Schalit’s release.

“We have once again taken up managing the matter and we will work according to what we believe are better and improved terms within the framework of the changes that must be made,” Egyptian officials told al-Hayyat.

Israeli officials have refused to respond to the report.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

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  1. Israel must go to war over Shlit & make sure Hamas is completely erradicated. That’ll be the only way this wont happen again

  2. The various parties are getting close, but I’m sure the deal breaker was lack of trust. The strands are not quite strong enough. Some real gravitas must prevail on the scene. The fear of G-d must be placed into some people to get them to move things forward. Gilad Shalit can be released in the near future if more vision, courage and trust building takes place.

  3. May it be the will of Hashem to bring all his children home speedily in our days.
    And may we know of no more suffering. Amen

  4. “I’m sure the deal breaker was lack of trust.”

    That may well be the case, Adam Neira, but – in conjunction with your theory – I would suggest that Hamas is trying to see if it can wring further concessions from the Israelis.

    Hamas is probably thinking that if GoI is prepared to release a thousand prisoners in exchange for Schalit, why not demand two thousand

  5. The people in political positions must certainly do what ever feasible (hopefully daas torah is also consulted)to have Gilad set free. However, everyone of us has the greatest power to bring him home, and that is through tefillah. There is a weekly list printed in certain papers with the names of all shavuim. Cut it out and place it in your siddur. At least in shacharis all the names could be mentioned every day by the words “matir assurim” in the early part of shemone esrei “mechalkel chaim”. The tefillos of klal yisroel every day hopefully with kavana will definitly have a greater impact than all the hishtadlut perpormed by other means . In either case you would have been yotze the chiyuv of “al Ta’amod al dam reyecha” and ve’ohavta lereacha kamocho”

  6. Could you edit this to “for the release of…Gilad ben Aviva Shalit”?
    Matzav can rack up great zechuyos in that simple reminder that will inevitably trigger spontaneous tefilla. Even if such tefilla appears to go unanswered (and may we have the answer we so desire soon. Soon!) we all know, deep down, how powerful tefilla is and how no tefilla goes to waste.