Prisoner exchange for Hamas-held soldier to include release of notorious Palestinian terrorists, but may not includ ex-Tanzim chief Barghouti; two-phase deal to see 450 prisoners release parallel to Shalit; 550 more upon his return to Israel.
The exchange would include Amina Mona, a young woman who lured a lovestruck Israeli teenage boy to a Palestinian city over the Internet, only to have him killed by waiting militants, according to Mohammed al-Barem, a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, one of the groups that captured Shalit. He gave no other names, but said it included 300 prisoners serving life sentences.
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Israel has agreed to release about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in the
framework of the agreement reached with Hamas to secure the release of
kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, news agencies reported on Tuesday citing Arab sources.
According to reports, the deal will include the release of the most
notorious Palestinian terrorists. Arab media outlets reported that the deal will
includ former head of the Fatah Tanzim Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five
life sentences for his role in the murder of Israelis during the al-Aqsa intifada, but a senior minister denied the report.
A source privy to the inner working of the negotiations said that the deal
would be implemented in two phases: The first will see 450 Palestinian prisoners
release parallel to Shalit's released into Egyptian custody, while the remaining
550 prisoners would be released upon Shalit's return to Israel.
Israel had previously balked at Hamas' demands because some of the prisoners are serving
lengthy sentences for deadly attacks on Israelis.
Other sticking points in the past have been whether prisoners would be
allowed to return to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, or be expelled instead. Exact
details of the deal were not immediately available.
The exchange would include Amina Mona, a young woman who lured a lovestruck
Israeli teenage boy to a Palestinian city over the Internet, only to have him
killed by waiting militants, according to Mohammed al-Barem, a leader of the
Popular Resistance Committees, one of the groups that captured Shalit. He gave
no other names, but said it included 300 prisoners serving life sentences.
Israeli groups representing terror victims' families have voiced their
objections to a prisoner exchange, saying it would be too painful to allow their
children's murderers to go free.
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