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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced on Sunday that as part of any deal for the release of kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit the PA would demand that Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti be freed. According to Israel Radio, the PA would also demand that Ahmad Sa'adat, who planned the murder of former minister Rehavam Ze'evi, be released.
Abbas spoke in an interview to an Egyptian station, and also said that the Egyptian government was in charge of negotiating a prisoner exchange agreement.
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Officials in the prime minister's office said in response to Abbas' announcement that Israel's position on Barghouti and Sa'adat was unchanged, and that they would not be released.
The officials responded sharply to Abbas' remarks. "He can forget it," they said. "Israel has not changed its policy on Bargouti and Sa'adat."
Earlier, a spokesman for Hamas' military wing told the Arab-Israeli websiste Bukra that reports that Shalit's release was imminent were unfounded.
"We deny the recent rumors surrounding this matter," the spokesman said. "We urge people not to take any reports seriously unless they have been confirmed by the groups that executed the kidnapping."