Breaking: Gilad Shalit to be released?

posted at 11:17 am on July 27, 2006 by Allahpundit

Fox and CNN are both quoting Mahmoud Abbas as saying it could be “imminent.” Fox says Olmert hasn’t heard anything about it.


Update: Abbas told Condi Rice two days ago that he thought he could make it happen, but only as part of a prisoner swap.

How’d the last prisoner swap work out for Israel, by the way?

Update: Here’s Fox’s report on Abbas. I think he’s blowing smoke. The last thing Hamas would want is to bolster Fatah’s authority by making it look like Abbas brokered the deal that ended the crisis.

Updated: As expected:

[T]he armed wing of the Hamas militant group dismissed [Abbas’s] claim and said: “Nothing has changed in the case of the Israeli soldier,”

“The file remains in the hands of the resistance factions and not in the hands of any politician.”

“The armed wing,” mind you. As opposed to all the other wings.

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Any word on the other (or was it two) soldier that was kidnapped?

Retread on July 27, 2006 at 11:22 AM

While a ratio of over 100 to one is probably what the hizbullah are worth (next to nothing), I can not agree with ANY prisoner exchanges, at any rate, ever, especially with terrorists who can,and will, kidnap again.

shooter on July 27, 2006 at 11:33 AM

I can’t imagine the terrorist scumbags actually releasing the prisoner without receiving any concessions on their end but if they do then great. I won’t hold my breath though. This wouldn’t be the first time the terrorists have reneged on a deal.

Scorched_Earth on July 27, 2006 at 11:37 AM

Guess the Israelis will just have to rage through Gaza looking for him

Defector01 on July 27, 2006 at 11:49 AM

These were soldiers, captured. Do not negotiate with terrorists. Consider the soldiers martyrs to the cause of defending Israel, and remember them respectfully, but do nothing to dishonor their sacrifice, such as freeing a single terrorist. If Hezbollah/Hamas can win anything by bartering three soldiers lives, next week they will take three more, so as to have more bargaining chips. Or three civilians. Or thirty.
Do not negotiate with terrorists.

Doug on July 27, 2006 at 12:19 PM

No one ever says anything about the prisoners that Israel is holding. When referenced there seems to be an equivlency as they will be exchanged for the kidnapped Israeli. Are these prisoners of war or have they been in Israel illegally and being kept in jail because of something they have done? What are they in for? I can’t imagine them being equals (captured outside of Israel by Israelis).

RightAllAlong on July 27, 2006 at 12:20 PM

“The armed wing,” mind you. As opposed to all the other wings.

As Aristotle says in the Politics, the armed are those who have a say in whether the regime will continue. Machiavelli is less polite when he says that if you have good arms, you will always have good laws. If there’s an unarmed wing of Hamas, they’re just obedient servants or, at least, they’d better be.

Kralizec on July 27, 2006 at 12:24 PM

The prisoners in Israel were most likely involved in some attempt at (mass) killing Israeli civilians. The kidnapped Israeli soldiers were on the Israeli side of the border doing their job (protecting their country) when they were abducted. Somehow, the two don’t appear to balance each other out.

Rick on July 27, 2006 at 3:52 PM