Erekat: PA would back Israeli-Hamas prisoner swap deal

Erekat PA would back Is

The Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) would back an Israeli-Hamas prisoner swap deal for the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, according to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Erekat was quoted by Israel Radio Friday as saying that the Palestinian leadership "supports the release of prisoners but believes that they must be allowed to stay in the Palestinian territories because the Palestinians are opposed to the principle of deportation." Erekat also called for Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti to be included in any swap deal.