Beilin: Hamas prisoner were bargaining chips

Meretz party chair, MK Yossi Beilin praised on Tuesday the decision to release 18 senior Hamas members from Israeli jails. "From the very start it was clear that their imprisonment was primarily as a bargaining chip, and not because they posed a risk, and that is something which goes against the very norm of legality in Israel," Beilin said. The Hamas members were arrested after the kidnapping of Cpl. Gilad Shalit in June.