[Ppnews] Israeli intelligence: Prisoner Swap Deal Doesn’t Include Al-Barghouti, Saadat, Nor As-Syyed

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Israeli intelligence: Prisoner Swap Deal Doesn't Include 
Al-Barghouti, Saadat, Nor As-Syyed


  Wednesday October 12, 2011 11:08
 by Alaa Ashkar - IMEMC & Agencies

The prisoner swap deal, reached by the Hamas movement and Israel, 
does not include several senior political leaders of the major 
Palestinian factions, senior sources told the Palestinian Ma'an News 
Agency early on Wednesday.

The exchange does not include; Fatah senior leader, Marwan 
Al-Barghouti; the Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Saadat; several top Hamas leaders, 
including: Ibrahim Hamed, Hasan Salameh, Abdullah Al-Barghouti, Jamal 
Abu El-Heija, Abbas Issyd. As well as several other senior Hamas 
officials, whose names are still anonymous, the Israeli Channel Two 
reported the Israeli Intelligence Chief saying.

The Israeli Shin Bet chief, Yoram Cohen, said that several 
Palestinian prisoners who killed, or participated in the killing of, 
some 1200 Israelis, would be included in the swap deal. "The exchange 
deal will be done through two phases, first of which will include 
four-hundred and fifty Palestinian prisoners, whose names have been 
agreed on, who will be released within a week. The second phase will 
include nearly six-hundred Palestinian prisoners, whose names have 
been chosen by Israel, who will be released two months after phase 
one," the chief said.

Over two hundred Palestinian prisoners are to be deported from the 
West Bank and the Gaza Strip to several countries; including Turkey, 
Jordan and Egypt. Moreover, the deal will include six Palestinian 
prisoners from the 1948 Arab areas. He pointed out that many senior 
Hamas leaders would be deported as well.

The Israeli Shin Bet chief also stated that Israel has not promised 
to not impose restrictions on detainees who are to be released in the future.

Israel's Channel Two reported that the exhange between Israel and the 
Hamas Movement had been signed after a direct meeting held between 
Ahmed Al-Ga'abarim, leader of Al-Qassam Brigades- the armed wing of 
the Hamas Movement- and the Israeli special envoy in Cairo.

In addition to this, two female detainees, Qaher As-Sa'adi and Ahlam 
At-Tamimi, included in the deal, will be deported to Jordan and Egypt.

The Hamas Movement and Israel have been negotiating in secret for 
three months, and the deal, brokered by Egypt and Russia, was signed 
in Cairo after Israel had agreed to most of the terms being offered by Hamas.

Gilad Shalit has been held captive by the Al-Qassam Brigades since 
June 2006, after being kidnapped during an operation carried out by 
several Palestinian factions against Karam Abu Salem Terminal 
encampment, in which three Palestinian fighters were killed.

Though the release of over one-thousand Palestinian prisoners and 
Gilad Shalit is a cause of celebration for most, and a testament to 
negotiations when both sides come together, it should not be 
forgotten that over six-thousand Palestinians still remain inside 
Israeli prisons. Over forty detainees have been held for more that 
twenty-five years, and fifteen Palestinian Legislature Council 
members are currently being held.

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