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Hamas: Israeli Media Will Allow Us to Empty Israeli Jails

Israel ‘experts’ quoted in Hamas paper saying media uproar over captives will allow Hamas to ’empty Israeli jails’ of terrorists.


The official paper of the Hamas terrorist organization, Palestine, published on Saturday a full-page article dissecting the chances of reaching a prisoner swap with Israel, similar to the 2011 Gilad Shalit in which 1,027 terrorists were released.

Hamas is in a position to discuss the possibility given the fact that it is holding the bodies of two fallen IDF soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, as well as 26-year-old Avraham Mengistu and another as-yet unnamed Bedouin Arab citizen of Israel. News of the two live captives was cleared for publication last Thursday, although Mengistu, who suffers from mental illness, reportedly entered Gaza last September.

In the Hamas article alleged experts on Israeli matters were interviewed, and provided an analysis of the reaction in Israel to news of the two abducted Israelis and the possible influence of that reaction on the balance of power in negotiations between Israel and Hamas.

One of those interviewed was Dr. Salah al-Na’ami, who said, “we are at the start of a great storm in Israel, and it will be a source of pressure on the circle of (Israeli – ed.) decision-makers to end the matter by reaching a deal.”

“Recently Israeli newspapers have started to conduct interviews with the family of the settler of Ethiopian background (Mengistu – ed.), and I think that is the start of actions to end the matter,” said al-Na’ami. “There will be a political and media-based atmosphere pressuring the decision-makers in Israel.”


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