‘Israel’ Seeks Negotiations on Prisoner Exchange with Hamas
By Staff, Agencies
Office of Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the ‘Israeli’ regime is interested in “immediate” indirect prisoner exchange negotiations with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, which runs Gaza.
The office said in a statement on Tuesday that an ‘Israeli’ team “stands ready to take constructive action with the goal of returning the fallen and the missing and of ending the affair, and are calling for an immediate dialogue via mediators.”
The agency said the plea sought to enable the release of two ‘Israelis’ and the remains of two soldiers that are held by the resistance movement.
It said the troops had died during the Zionist entity’s 2014 war on Gaza that claimed 2,310 Palestinians and wounded 10,626 others.
Hamas official Moussa Dodin, however, dismissed the offer of negotiations as not being serious.
In February, a Hamas official said a number of ‘Israeli’ prisoners of war had been wounded last year in a raid by the ‘Israeli’ air force, which regularly carries out deadly sorties against the coastal enclave.
“The ‘Israeli’ occupation deserted its soldiers, who it sent to war in Gaza, while it is releasing an ‘Israeli’ woman detained in Russia for smuggling drugs,” Abu Obeida tweeted, referring to Naama Issachar, an ‘Israeli’-American backpacker, who was released in January.
Last week, the Zionist regime conditioned any future coronavirus-linked aid to Gaza on a prisoner exchange deal.
Hamas has, however, warned against tying any such negotiation to humanitarian assistance, with Dodin warning Netanyahu, “The ‘Israelis’ may be forced to negotiate under more complicated conditions” in the future.
Hamas leader Yehya al-Sinwar has also underscored that “a prisoner swap will exact a big price” from ‘Israel’, saying it had to start by the regime’s releasing of the sick, old, and female prisoners.
The occupation regime holds thousands of Palestinians in its prisons amid the new coronavirus outbreak that has seen many international rights organizations campaigning for the release of the inmates amid the pandemic.