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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Syria and Qatar torpedoed deal for Shalit release

A diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks shows that Syria and Qatar offered Hamas 31 million British pounds to quash a deal for the release of kidnapped IDF corporal Gilad Shalit.
The document quoted a conversation in June 2009 between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and US general David Petraeus alleging that Hamas was offered more than £31 million to block a prisoner swap.

The classified cable suggested one of the key figures pushing Hamas for a deal was Egyptian vice-president Omar Suleimein, the former intelligence chief considered to be a potential successor to Mr Mubarak if the anti-government protesters succeed in overthrowing him.

The update, sent by General Petraeus to Washington almost exactly three years after Mr Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas gunmen at the Gaza border, did not report whether Hamas had accepted the prisoner swap before the Syrian intervention, nor if any money was ultimately paid.
For all the people who criticize Prime Minister Netanyahu for 'not doing enough,' please take note that this happened in June 2009, which means it was on Netanyahu's watch. There's also a word of warning here for Shalit's family.
In another document released by WikiLeaks from June 2008, Mr Mubarak was quoted telling US representatives that publicising the Gilad Shalit case was counterproductive

He said: “The more Shalit is spoken about publicly, the less chance there is that he will get released. Such talk makes the Palestinians feel he is so important that they must keep holding him in return for other future concessions."
I have vague memories about making a oomment about raising the price for Shalit on more than one occasion....

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At 11:17 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Time to start targeted killings of all Hamas Leaders.

Stop the nonsense.

Hamas is a terrorist organization.

Treat them as such.

If they dont want to be killed? Release Gilad and stop all attacks..

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Samir S. Halabi said...

Qatar should pay a heavy price for meddling into affairs where they are not wanted.
If they can bribe Syria, whom then bribes Hamas, it is then conceivable to target the original player in this field of violence which is Qatar. I will not dwell on the semantics of how to deal with Qatar, however a lesson must be taught to them, when you play with fire you get burned.
Samir S. Halabi.


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