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Saturday, January 30, 2010

German mediator for Shalit to quit?

According to Hamas, the German mediator who has been acting as a go-between for Israel and Hamas in the 'terrorists for Gilad' negotiations is about to quit.
Hamas Gaza spokesman Ayman Ta estimated on Thursday that the German mediator in negotiations for the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will resign soon because of what he called "Israeli intransigence".

Hamas politburo member Izat Ar-Rishek said that Hamas agreed with the mediator at one time that the first phase of an exchange would include 270 prisoners serving life terms and that 80 prisoners who were residents of Judea and Samaria would be deported to Gaza. However, he said, Israel demanded to deport 209 prisoners. He said Israel refused to release senior terrorists, including Marwan Barghouti, Ahmed Saadat and Ahlam Tamimi.
That's the first time I've seen Ahlam Tamimi on that list. And it's high time. Ahlam Tamimi led the suicide bomber to Sbarro's in 2001.


At 2:28 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Good. Hamas' price is simply too high. The odds are good Gilad Shalit will not be returning home any time soon. The anguish of his family cannot be allowed to compromise the entire country's safety.


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