'Israel refused to release Barghouti at last moment' - Israel News, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Shalit Deal

Marwan Barghouti Photo: AP
Marwan Barghouti Photo: AP
 
Gaza celebrates the deal Photo: Reuters
Gaza celebrates the deal Photo: Reuters
 
 

 

'Israel refused to release Barghouti at last moment'

Sources close to Hamas claim that Israel backed out on decision to free top terrorists as part of Shalit deal – moments before deal was signed

Elior Levy
Published: 10.13.11, 08:31 / Israel News

Israel refused to include the release of four top security prisoners in the deal to free Gilad Shalit at the last moment, sources close to Hamas told the Palestinian news agency Maan on Wednesday night.

 

The sources said that early in the negotiations Israel agreed to release the terrorists – including Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his role in the murders of Israelis during the al-Aqsa intifada – but decided against the measure "moments" before the prisoner swap deal was signed.

 

Related stories:

 

"Two months ago Israel was willing to release Barghouti and other officials," the sources, who were involved in the negotiations, were quoted as saying.

 

The sources noted that Israel refused to free Barghouti and Ahmed Saadat, who headed the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and was responsible for the assassination of Israeli minister Rehavam Ze'evi, in order to "avoid granting Hamas a victory – freeing two prominent Fatah and Popular Front figures."

 

Some 1,027 Palestinian prisoners are to be released as part of the deal to bring the captive IDF soldier home.

 

Early reports claimed that some top Palestinian prisoners, including Abdullah Barghouti, who is serving out 67 consecutive life terms for building the bombs that murdered 66 people, and Ibrahim Hamed, who was involved in terrorist attacks that killed 82 Israelis. Both Israel and Hamas denied their inclusion in the deal.

 

The sources claimed that they consider the deal a success, because Israel initially refused to negotiate the release of Arab Israeli and Palestinian prisoners, but eventually agreed to do so.

 

 

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
7 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions

 
פיקוד העורף התרעה במרחב:
    רשימת יישובים במרחב