Although we are extremely happy that after 5 years in captivity, Gilad Shalit will finally return home to his family and his people, we take Hamas threats very seriously and pray that this will not lead to an increase in terror attacks and kidnappings of Israeli citizens.
Khaled Mashaal, the head of Hamas’ political bureau in Damascus, said that the terrorists who will be released in the Gilad Shalit deal will “return to the struggle.”
Mashaal said that as part of the deal with Israel, Hamas gave priority to the release of “heavy” prisoners, including ones from Judea and Samaria, Gaza and even Israeli Arabs.
“I know you all want to hear details, but tonight I am talking about our great national achievement. Palestinian blood is one and our responsibility for it is one. This is a national achievement. We all made sacrifices for this deal so we should all be proud.”
Most of the details have not yet been released, but reports say that Israel will release 1,027 terrorists in exchange for Shalit, including some that belong to organizations other than Hamas.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the deal to release Shalit is the best one that could be achieved at this time. The agreement was finalized last Tuesday.
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