Hamas: German mediator set to resign

Hamasspokesman Ayman Te said on Thursday that Hamas believes that the Germanmediator heading up negotiaons for the release of captured IDF soldier GiladSchalit will resign his post in the near future.

The spokesman blamed Israeli stubbornness in the face of Hamasdemands for the predicted resignation.

A member ofthe Hamas’s poltical wing, Itzat a-Reshik added that Israel’s postions areputting the mediator in an untenable situation, and added that the primary obstaclestanding in the way of a deal is the release of a number of Hamas prisoners thatIsrael is refusing to set free.