Terrorists demand release of all Palestinian women security prisoners and men under 18 in Israeli jails as price for information on the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit
The text and format are similar to similar leaflets released by al Qaeda in Iraq. A second leaflet with the same content was signed by the Hamas
Qassam Martyrs Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Islamic Army of Palestinian. Israeli is holding 150 Palestinian women security prisoners and 300 men under 18.
debkafile reported Monday: Negotiations begin through third and fourth parties on projected Palestinian prisoners’ release in exchange for kidnapped Israeli Corp. Gilead Shalit
Our exclusive sources report the talks are going forward on three tracks mediated by Egypt, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UK. A team of Egyptian intelligence officers led by Gen. Omar Suleiman is most actively involved. None of the diplomats are in direct contact with the abductors; some are working through paid intermediaries.
Monday afternoon, June 26, the talks ran into an impasse over Israel’s pre-condition for concrete proof that Gilead Shalit is alive before the talks can proceed. Israel demanded a video tape and a short note in his writing.
Israel’s insistence on this point derives from its concern over his condition and need to find out if he is alive and the state of his injuries, if any. The message the intermediaries have been instructed to convey is that the negotiations will go nowhere without this condition being met.
One of the proposals, according to debkafile‘s intelligence sources, is for the release of “political prisoners” in Israeli jails. This category would apply to the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners, although the precise definition is in dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. In any case, the bargaining has not yet gone beyond the stage of throwing out ideas.