'Hamas planning to kidnap more Israeli soldiers'
LAST UPDATED: 04/25/2011 00:26
Report: Palestinian officials say Hamas doesn't want prisoner deal to rely only on Schalit; "Hamas using calm to prepare more kidnappings."
Hamas terrorists at a press conference. Photo: REUTERS
Hamas is exploiting
the relative calm in Gaza to prepare for the kidnapping of more
Israelis, according to Hamas's official newspaper Alresalah, quoting sources labeled as "reliable."
an article published Sunday, Palestinian officials predicted that if
Israel launches more attacks on Gaza, this may lead to the death of
captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, "and Hamas's bargaining chip will
disappear." As such, the article says, Hamas does not want the issue of
the prisoner exchange deal to be based only on Schalit, and therefore
the movement seeks to kidnap more Israeli soldiers.
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light of the recent calm, "Hamas is quietly investing in the relative
lull in Gaza to prepare for kidnapping operations of IDF soldiers"
taking into account the likelihood that such action would incite a
renewed IDF siege on Gaza, Alresalah cited senior official sources as saying.
According to the article, the last time Palestinians attempted to kidnap
Israeli soldiers was during Operation Cast Lead in 2009. Hamas's
military wing apparently discovered that three members of its special
unit managed to kidnap a soldier east of Gaza City, but Israel destroyed
the house where he was hidden, killing everyone inside including the
soldier, the article said.
The Alresalah article, which
has not been validated by any Hamas officials, quotes Palestinian
security analyst Dr. Hani Basus who claims that another kidnapping
scares Israel very much because it will cause it to pay a heavy price
and to answer to Palestinian demands.
Another Hamas-affiliated analyst quoted in the article said "resistance
factions may at any moment change the equation, instead of talking about
a prisoner exchange deal, they could start talking about new
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