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Israel and radical Islamic groups Hezbollah and HAMAS may cut a deal to release Israeli POWs and Arabic prisoners - PRAVDA

 
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Israel and radical Islamic groups Hezbollah and HAMAS may cut a deal to release Israeli POWs and Arabic prisoners - PRAVDA
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Israel holds talks with Hezbollah and HAMAS for release of its captured soldiers

Israel and radical Islamic groups Hezbollah and HAMAS may cut a deal to release Israeli POWs and Arabic prisoners within two or three weeks, reports Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram. According to the newspaper, the Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners would be set free by Israel in exchange for the release of the Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Refeva, captured by Hezbollah militants on the border with Israel on July 12th, and the corporal Gilad Shilat, captured on the border with the Gaza Strip on June 25th. Germany is reported to be mediating an exchange of prisoners.

Al-Ahram provides no details as to the names of the Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners to be released if the deal is agreed upon. Information obtained by Vremya Novostei indicates that the list of names in question pertains to a group of 15 Lebabese men held in Israeli prisons at the moment. The list is most likely to include the well-known Samir Kuntar. The above is currently serving a life sentence for his participation in a terrorist attack that took place in the Israeli city of Nahariya in April 1979. Kuntar’s name on the list seems to explain the reason why Hezbollah demanded that such a small number of its militants be released in exchange for the captured Israeli servicemen. In 2004, Israel freed 436 Arabic prisoners in exchange for the release of the Israeli busisnessman Elhanan Tennenbaum, and the return of mortal remains of three Israeli servicemen. Germany also mediated the deal two years ago. By the way, Israeli Foreign Minister Tsivi Livni arrived in Berlin on Monday for talks.

“ Israel will have to release some high-ranking prisoners including Samir Kuntar. At the moment the move seems to be almost imminent,” said Lt. Col. (Ret.) Moshe Marzuk, former head of the Lebanese desk for Israeli Military Intelligence who is now a researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, in an interview to Vremya Novostei. If the exchange of the captured Israeli soldiers for the Arabic prisoner goes under way, Israel is likely to actively continue negotiations to secure a release of Israeli army corporal Gilad Salit who is kept by his captors somewhere in the Gaza Strip. Gilad Shalit turned 20 on Monday. He has already spent 2 months and 2 days in captivity.

According to Al-Ahram, the Palestinians demanded that Israel free 12 members belonging to various Palestinian militant groups for the release of Shalit. The list includes Marvan Barguti and Ahmad Saadat who are currently serving life sentences in Israel for masterminding terrorist attacks.

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Re: Israel and radical Islamic groups Hezbollah and HAMAS may cut a deal to release Israeli POWs and Arabic prisoners - PRAVDA
I suppose your second source is Sorch Faal?

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