Knesset lobby for Schalit gives support to prisoner swap

Regev, Cabel, Mofaz pen letter to PM urging prisoner exchange with Hamas, say "we are turning to you out of commitment to IDF soldiers."

July 4, 2011 15:50
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Captured soldier Gilad Schalit in video

Gilad Schalit in video 311 (R). (photo credit: Reuters)

Members of the Knesset lobby for Gilad Schalit on Monday expressed support for the release of Palestinian prisoners demanded by Hamas in exchange for the release of the captive IDF soldier, Israel Radio reported.

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, lobby members Miri Regev (Likud), Eitan Cabel (Labor) and Shaul Mofaz (Kadima), wrote: "We understand the fear over the possible outcomes [from the release of Hamas prisoners], but we are turning to you out of moral and social fortitude and out of our commitment to IDF soldiers."

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The signing of the letter will be open to all Knesset members.

The show of support for the prisoner exchange came after Hamas confirmed last week that it had rejected an offer made by a German negotiator to reach an agreement with Israel.

Musa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of the Hamas “political bureau,” described the offer as “unjust.” He told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper that the German mediator had “endorsed the unfair and unjust positions of the Zionist government.”

On Friday, Noam Schalit said that since his son was kidnapped five years go, the government has not put pressure on Hamas to release the kidnapped soldier.

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