Report: Malki calls timing of Schalit deal 'suspicious'

October 14, 2011 15:06


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The timing of the Israel-Hamas transaction for the release of Gilad Schalit was "suspicious," said Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki, on a French TV channel Friday, Army Radio reported.

"It seems as though Hamas decided to carry it out specifically now to draw attention away from Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] and his speech at the UN, which sought international recognition of a Palestinian state," explained Al - Malki.

According to the report, the minister added that the Palestinians were wondering how Hamas failed to fulfill its promises to release the head of the PFLP Ahmad Saadat, and the Fatah Secretary-General in the West Bank, Marwan Barghouti.

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