‘Significant progress’ achieved in prisoner swap negotiations – report

“Significant progress” has been produced towards achieving a prisoner exchange settlement among Israel and Hamas,

“Significant progress” has been produced towards achieving a prisoner exchange settlement among Israel and Hamas, Palestinian resources informed the Quds News Network news agency on Wednesday.

According to the unnamed sources, the progress was attained just after Israel reportedly manufactured “a concession” regarding Palestinian security prisoners serving life terms in Israeli prisons.

The resources did not offer more details about the ostensible progress.

But as Egypt pursues its endeavours to achieve a prisoner exchange arrangement between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) firm identified as for kidnapping IDF soldiers to drive Israel to launch stability prisoners.

Islamic Jihad forces maintain a military services parade in central Gaza, Could 29, 2021. (credit score: HAZEM ALBAZ/THE MEDIA LINE)

Khader Habib, a senior PIJ formal in the Gaza Strip, stated that Palestinian “resistance” groups must kidnap IDF soldiers in buy to exchange them for security prisoners in potential prisoner swaps.

“This is the only way to liberate the prisoners,” Habib instructed the Palestinian Khabar information company. “The amount of prisoners serving lengthy sentences is really significant. There are 5,000 prisoners who are remaining subjected to the most significant forms of abuse.”

Habib reported that the PIJ and other Palestinian armed teams have endorsed abductions as a “main implies to liberate the heroic prisoners from the prisons of the Israeli occupation.”

Commenting on the announcement by Hamas’s Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades that the 6 prisoners who recently escaped from Gilboa Prison would be included in the following prisoner exchange settlement with Israel, Habib welcomed the shift. “We and Hamas represent the spine of the resistance from the Zionist occupier,” he mentioned.

The six inmates ended up recaptured by Israeli protection forces. 5 of them are members of PIJ, when the sixth, Zakaria Zubeidi, is a member of the ruling Fatah faction headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“The issue of the prisoners need to keep on being at the major of the Palestinians’ agenda,” Habib claimed. “This is a national situation, and all people must make each and every possible energy by all signifies to liberate them due to the fact the Zionist enemy can only acquiesce by forcing it to launch our courageous prisoners.”

On Tuesday, senior Hamas formal Zaher Jabarin mentioned that his team has introduced mediators with a “roadmap” for a feasible prisoner trade arrangement with Israel. “The ball is now in the court docket of the profession,” he said, with out giving extra aspects.

Jabarin reported that Hamas is demanding that Israel launch all the prisoners who were being re-arrested immediately after they have been freed in the 2011 Gilad Schalit prisoner swap. Dozens of ex-prisoners who were introduced in the Schalit offer have been re-arrested by Israel.

Jabarin repeated Hamas’s opposition to linking the difficulty of a prisoner exchange arrangement to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. He claimed that Israel’s intentions remain unclear pertaining to a prisoner swap.

Ashraf Abu al-Hol, editor of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, told the Palestinian Raya Media Network that it is not doable to confirm or deny progress in the prisoner exchange negotiations.

“But it can be claimed that the seriousness of the negotiations is increased than prior to,” he mentioned.

Abu al-Hol claimed that Egypt was exerting force on Israel to arrive at a prisoner offer with Hamas. He claimed that the Israeli governing administration was “hesitant and afraid” to make any concessions for worry of getting criticized by the Israeli opposition.