Fatah official: Review of prisoner release criteria sends out wrong message

The way Israel is conducting its negotiations to secure the release of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit damages hopes of ever reaching a peace deal with Hamas, senior Fatah official and former PA prisoner affairs minister, Sufian Abu Zaida, said Wednesday night. "Hamas captures an Israeli soldier and the Israeli government is forced to reassess its definition of a prisoner with "blood on his hands. This sends out a message to the Palestinians that is impossible to reach a prisoner release deal as part of a peace process," Abu Zaida said in meeting with Peace Now activists in Jerusalem.