Hamas Prisoner Release



Exchanging terrorists for IDF soldiers is a two edged sword, which will  inevitably be exploited by the Arabs. KGS

Hamas TV: Kidnap 6 more Israeli soldiers and free remaining 6,000 prisoners

PMW: On October 17, 2011, Israel released 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first of 1,027 Palestinians prisoners to be released in exchange for the return of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Hundreds of the released Palestinian prisoners were serving life sentences for murder.

Following the deal, Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV broadcast a video which presents this exchange as a prototype for future Hamas strategy and action. The clip presents the kidnapping of another 6 Israeli soldiers as the key to the release of the remaining 6,000 Palestinian prisoners.

Text on screen:

“1 Zionist soldier = 1,000 prisoners.
6 Zionist soldiers = 6,000 prisoners.
Capture of 6 Zionist soldiers = release of remaining prisoners.
We are still thinking about you. Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas military wing).”
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Oct. 21, 2011]

In November 2008, Palestinian Media Watch was invited to give testimony before the Israeli government committee headed by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Meir Shamgar, entitled “The Committee for Establishing Principles of Negotiation for Release of [Israeli] Prisoners.”

PMW documented that Israel’s willingness to exchange large numbers of imprisoned terrorists for the release of a small number of Israeli hostages was understood by Palestinians to indicate that kidnapping is the most effective tool for freeing terrorists. These sentiments were expressed by the Palestinian Authority as well as by Fatah and Hamas leaders and members. The PMW Special Report to the commission documented the Palestinian reactions immediately after exchanges that took place since 2004 and reached clear conclusions about how Palestinians view these exchanges. In the introduction PMW wrote:

“Israel’s release of prisoners in exchange for hostages is not seen by Palestinian society as merely the last stage of one kidnapping, but as the first act of the next kidnapping.”

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NOTE: List of people kidnapped by Hamas since its founding:

February 16, 1989 – Avi Sasportas and 
May 1989 – Ilan Saadon
September 17, 1992 – Ilan Karavani 
December 12, 1992 – Nissim Toledano
March 12, 1993 – Yehoshua Friedberg
August 5, 1993 – Yaron Chen 
October 24, 1993 – Ehud Roth and Ilan Levi 
April 20, 1994 – Shachar Simani
July 6, 1994 – Aryeh Zvi Frankenthal
October 11, 1994 – Nachshon Wachsman
September 9, 1996 – Sharon Edri 
June 25, 2006 – Gilad Shalit

3 Responses

  1. The Israeli approach to Hamas is flawed in this case. The sacrifice of any life is distasteful to Israelis and Jews in general. Hamas and their allies are using this to their advantage.

    Should this happen again, Israel should give Hamas 48 hours to return the kidnapped person. If Hamas does not comply, the Israel should firebomb Gaza City or one of the other Gaza cities. The kidnapped person might get killed, but so will many of the poisoned Hamas supporters.

    Israel should stop deluding itself into thinking that the Palestinians want peace. Israel should stop letting world opinion run their affairs.

  2. 1=1000 therefore:
    I’m impressed. Judging by the number of scientific and mathematical errors in the koran, I thought that Hamas might have fudged this one, but it looks as if simple arithmetic is not beyond their grasp after all!
    Seeing as the released Palestinians were very quick to be vocal about their jihadist intentions, but its taken Hamas over a week to come out with this simple equation, then I can only guess that the finest brains in Islam must have been working round the clock to come up with this idea.
    Well done, Hamas… and a little gold star from teacher. *

  3. Yes – they do have the maths close to correct. 1000 muslim hamas = 1 israeli Jew.

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