Rafi Eitan: Hamas opposed to political rival Barghouti's release

Rafi Eitan Hamas oppose

Former minister and Mossad official Rafi Eitan assessed on Tuesday evening that Fatah-Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti would not be released within the framework of a prisoner exchange deal to free captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. Speaking to Army Radio, Eitan said that Hamas "are also opposed to his release … as he is likely to become their fierce opponent." Eitan stated that two outstanding issues were preventing negotiations from coming to a close, chiefly "which prisoners will be expelled from the West Bank to Gaza," as well as three names on the list of prisoners presented to Israel by Hamas which were still not agreed upon.