Hamas leader Khaled Meshal spoke to the media from his base, Damascus, telling the press that the prisoner release deal represents a major victory for Hamas, and the organization came through as promised.
He explained that the 27 female terrorists imprisoned in Israel will be released, and no females will remain in prison after the deal. Meshal added that those being released include prisoners who live in eastern Jerusalem, Yehuda and Shomron, and Gaza, showing the unity of his people. He stated that among the prisoners to be released are 315 sentenced to life sentences.
In the first stage 450 prisoners will be released, followed by 550 two months later. The total deal will result in bringing Gilad home for the release of 1,027 terrorists.
Senior officials in Hamas indicated they attempted to add more names, but realized even here there is a limit, sending a clear message to those not included in the current release, “don’t worry, you too will be released”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)