Kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit won’t see the light until
Palestinian prisoners enjoy freedom in the context of a dignified
prisoner swap, Hamas said on Saturday.
Hamas’s announcement came on the fifth anniversary of the abduction of Schalit.
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held Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responsible for the consequences
of the failure of efforts to secure a prisoner exchange deal.
Hamas claimed that it was Netanyahu’s “intransigence and criminal
policies” that was delaying a prisoner swap. It also urged human rights
and legal organizations to put pressure on Israel to “protect
Palestinian prisoners against Zionist repression.”
Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin Kassam, published a video clip, in which it
also vowed that Schalit would never see the light until Palestinian
prisoners are released from Israeli jail.
The video clip contains a scene where Schalit’s face is replaced with
that of missing IAF navigator Ron Arad, whose whereabouts have been
unknown since 1986.
Also on the fifth anniversary of the kidnapping of Schalit, Hamas
published photos of an actor impersonating a gray-haired elderly Schalit
sitting in a tiny cell in captivity.
On the walls of the cell the “prisoner Schalit” has written graffiti
that reads: “My fate is the same as that of Ron Arad, “Save me at any
cost” and “I miss mom."