Schalit in image.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
Commander of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) Zuhair Qaisi said that Gilad Schalit received better treatment than Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli prisons, in an interview with London-based Arabic daily Al Hayat on Thursday.
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Qaisi said that
Schalit's captors kept constant watch over his physical and mental
health so that they could demand a higher price for his release. Qaisi
added that although he was frightened, Schalit answered questions
quickly and was not tortured in the hours after he was captured on June
25, 2006, according to the report.
the period after the young Israeli soldier's capture, Qaisi said,
the PRC and Hamas received warnings from leaders of Arab countries that
if they did not release Schalit they would undoubtedly pay a very high
The PRC commander noted that until the historic prisoner
exchange, the German mediator, in efforts to broker a deal to release
Schalit, had only managed to secure Hamas' release of a short video of
the captive soldier in exchange for the release of 20 Palestinian
prisoners, Al Hayat
Qaisi also reiterated previous statements that Hamas and the PRC intend to kidnap more
soldiers in order to carry out future exchanges for the remaining Palestinian security
prisoners currently held by Israel and to force Israel to end its
blockade on Gaza. The IDF blockade on the coastal strip is intended to prevent the smuggling of weapons and
rockets into the Hamas ruled territory.
In response to the interview, an Israeli official told The Washington Post
that it was clear from statements and videos coming out of Gaza that
those saying Hamas was becoming moderate in its rule over the Strip were
clearly mistaken, adding that this is a matter of serious concern, Army Radio reported.