Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Terror Spokesman: Our Demands to Free 1000 Terrorists are Just

Terror Spokesman:
Our Demands to Free 1000 Terrorists are Just

10:33 Jan 10, '07 / 20 Tevet 5767

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by: Hillel Fendel

A spokesman for one of the organizations responsible for the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit faults Israel for wanting proof that the soldier is still alive without freeing 250 terrorists in exchange.

Abu Mujahid, a spokesman for the Hamas-affiliated Popular Resistance Committees, spoke with the Palestinian Authority news agency Maan about the stalled talks for the release of kidnapped IDF Corp. Gilad Shalit.

The spokesman blamed Israel for sabotaging the talks, saying Israel should have accepted the Egyptian proposal. This proposal, he said, "was the closest one to the Palestinian demands in terms of the number of terrorists [to be freed from Israeli prisons] and the criteria for their release." He said that Israel actually expected to receive "free information" proving that Gilad Shalit was alive, while Hamas had demanded 250 prisoners in exchange for a video of the soldier.

Abu Mujahid says that Gilad's health is fine, and "he is being treated according to Islamic tradition... He was not humiliated or tortured." An Egyptian source also said recently that Shalit was alive, but no outside observers, such as the Red Cross, have ever been allowed to verify this.

Shalit was captured over six months ago by a group of eight Palestinian Hamas terrorists who tunneled underground from Gaza into Israel, murdered two tankcrewmembers, wounded a third, and took Shalit captive. Prime Minister Olmert said at the time that he holds PA chief Abu Mazen "personally responsible" for Shalit's safety, and said he would not conduct negotiations with Hamas for the soldier's release.

How many terrorists is Hamas demanding in exchange for Shalit? Though rumors of 1,400 have been circulating for months, Abu Mujahid has a different story: "Our just and humane demand is for the release of 1,000 Arab and Palestinian prisoners, including women and youths - and it will not change. The occupiers will surrender to our demands in the end, because stalling and condescension will not return the kidnapped soldier home... [We] can hold him for years."

Addressing remarks to Shalit's family, Abu Mujahid said, "Your government does not want to return your son back home. If it would have agreed to the Egyptian proposal, he would have been home already."

The two other IDF soldiers captured last year, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, were taken by Hamas at the start of the war in Lebanon. Information regarding their condition is even sparser than that on Shalit, and Olmert even let slip several weeks ago that he "hopes" they are alive.

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Published: 10:20 January 10, 2007
Last Update: 10:33 January 10, 2007



Blogger Michael said...

Well, at least the terrorist scum wipes are putting the right value on themselves:

1 terrorist = 1/1000th of a human being

There should be no swap of this sort. Any exchange must be one-for-one, and the terrorist must be released in the same physical condition as the returned Israeli.

There would be no problem of this sort, however, if Western nations simply stopped taking terrorists prisoner. "Killed in action" or "shot while resisting capture" sound very plausible...

6:38 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...


Thank you for stopping-by my blog, and for leaving a comment !! I had the same thought when I put this post on ..... 1 Israeli soldier is worth more than a 1000 of their guys !! I don't think 10,000 of their guys are equal to 1 of Israel's brave soldiers, but like you said, at least they got that much right !! I agree with you about the policy on prison swaps too, prisoners should not be released for hostages !! It only encourages more kidnappings !! My heart aches for the families of the kidnapped soldiers !!! Well, again, thanks for coming by, and please come back often !!!

P.S. I went to your blog and I really enjoyed reading it, and will visit again !!! Congrats on making aliyah !!! Yasher koach, and Mazel Tov !!!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks for the good wishes.
I'll swing by here again, too.

12:27 AM  

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