Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri on Friday night said that the release of 19 Palestinian women from Israeli jails in exchange for a video clip of captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit proves that Israel has no choice but to give in to his group's demands.
"The Zionist enemy has no choice but to accept Hamas's demands," Masri reportedly said.
According to Channel 10, Masri told the Hamas television network that "the fact that 20 female prisoners were released today helps Hamas, and the passing time does not help the Zionist enemy, but rather strengthens our position."
The Hamas spokesman said that even though it could take a long time, the negotiations with Israel would lead to a prisoner exchange deal.
"The negotiations over the deal are being held slowly and will continue for a long time, but we are sure they will be successful," he was quoted as saying.