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Israel only reacts to language of force, kidnappings
Hani Al-Masri, senior Palestinian leader, writer and political commentator: "Israel understands only the language of pressure, the language of interests, the language of force… During the history of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle we have noticed that in some of the deals, thousands of detainees..."
Aug 12, 2008
Hamas PM Haniyeh: Prisoner exchange soon to be celebrated
Headline: "Haniyeh: We will soon celebrate an anticipated exchange of captives" "Dismissed Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced yesterday that 'the Palestinians will soon celebrate an anticipated exchange of captives,' thereby strengthening Hamas's persistence in its demands in relation to the..."
Jul 22, 2008
PLO representative: Shalit worth a lot of prisoners
Abbas Zaki, PA representative to Lebanon: "In my opinion, Israel has now become a paper tiger; [it is] weak. I'm telling you, people are wondering why the Palestinians should remain quiet while 200 [prisoners] came out [of Israeli jails] along with Samir Kuntar. Perhaps 50, 60, 200 or 700 could..."
Jul 22, 2008
Prisoner: Prison sentences meaningless due to exchange deals
“Sentenced to 35 life terms and an additional 150 years, prisoner Al-Sayid: ‘Life sentences of the occupation are meaningless... the success of the resistance [Hamas and Hezbollah] in kidnapping of occupation soldiers and the carrying out of [prisoner] exchanges have made these [prison] sentences...”
Jul 19, 2008
Hamas: Israel’s freeing terrorists for soldiers is precedent
Hamas Cleric: "I want to tell the residents of Gaza that the next captives' exchange deal will be stronger and more painful for the descendants of apes and pigs [i.e., Jews]... you [Israel] will pay dearly for this deal [prisoner exchange], and in the deals that will follow it, and in the deals..."
Jul 18, 2008
Hamas PM: Israelis will pay a price for kidnapped soldier
Hamas TV news broadcast: Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister (of Hamas, in Gaza): "We are now watching the exchange deal [between Israel and Hezbollah], and emphasize that for us, too, as the Palestinian people, there is no possibility of our foregoing our prisoners; there is no possibility of our..."
Jul 16, 2008
PA minister: Israel releases prisoners only when soldiers kidnapped
Ashraf Al-Ajrami, PA Minister of Prisoners: "There is no doubt that this is an historical and important event for the Palestinian people, the Lebanese [people] and the Arab nation in general. It is a great victory – in other words, the release of the Arab veteran prisoner, the heroic fighter Samir..."
Jul 16, 2008
Hamas will wait until Gilad price is right
Amin Dabir, political commentator: Interviewer: "How will this matter influence… the Shalit deal and the speed with which it is carried out?" Dabir: "Ultimately, it is clear that Israel will give in to the resistance. Ultimately, Israel will, owing to its internal political situation and what is..."
Jul 8, 2008
Captured soldiers taught Israel value of freedom
Issa Karake, Head of the Prisoners' Committee in the Palestinian Parliament: "The Israelis released Samir Kuntar only when their soldiers were taken captive... They [Israelis] began to understand the value of freedom... [only] when their own soldiers were captured…The truth is that the freeing of..."
Jul 7, 2008
Director of PA Ministry of Information: Abducting soldiers is only language Israel understands
Telephone interview with Hani Al-Masri, senior Palestinian leader, writer and political commentator: "The meaning [of this bargain] is what I said, Israel understands only one thing: abducting soldiers and Israelis to be exchanged for prisoners. Could Israel not have released Palestinian prisoners..."
Jul 6, 2008
Prisoner exchange with Hezbollah creates precedent
Hani al-Masri, senior Palestinian leader, writer and political commentator: Interviewer: "Hani, in your opinion, will the prisoner exchange deal between Hezbollah and the occupation [Israel] influence a [Shalit] deal between the factions in Gaza [Hamas] and Israel?" Al-Masri: "Of course it will..."
Jul 6, 2008
Hamas encourages training for the next kidnapping
Hamas TV broadcast a video clip showing Hamas training exercises that include the simulated kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. The segment included an Israeli tank exploding, followed by images of a Hamas fighter carrying and running with a captured Israeli soldier.
Jun 16, 2008
PA Minister of Prisoners: Kidnapping Israeli soldiers is way to release imprisoned Palestinians
“The language of peace and negotiations is not enough to urge Israel to cooperate positively regarding prisoners. The way Israel likes, it seems, is to exchange [prisoners] with kidnapped Israeli soldiers.”
Jun 5, 2008
Hamas: Kidnapping of Israelis is a strategy
"Senior Hamas official Khalil Abu Layla confirmed that the intention to kidnap Israeli soldiers, beyond being merely a threat, is a strategy of the Hamas movement. He said that [Hamas] – as its leadership has declared publicly - will carry out operations to capture soldiers for the lofty and just..."
Apr 26, 2007
Hamas rep: Kidnapping soldiers will empty Israeli prisons
"Waed" Prisoners' Association ceremony Representative Mussa: Operations to kidnap soldiers will continue “[PA Parliament] Representative [from Hamas] Yihya Mussa emphasized that prisoners can be freed only by continuing kidnapping operations… He emphasized further that it is important to continue...”
Apr 23, 2007
PA Hamas MPs advocate kidnappings of Zionist soldiers
Former PA Minister of Interior, Said Siam (Hamas): "There were suggestions to repeat the operations to kidnap other Israeli soldiers, because we know that the occupation understands no other language. Second, capturing the [one] soldier will not cause the liberation of over 10,000..."
Apr 18, 2007
Hamas MPs: Peaceful means won't release prisoners, kidnappings and resistance will
"The [PA] Parliament has declared April 17 Prisoners' Day ... Some of the representatives called for Hezbollah to include Palestinian prisoners in any exchange deal with Israel, while others called to tie the ceasefire to their liberation, or to resume kidnapping soldiers with a view to further..."
Apr 18, 2007
Hamas pride: Kidnappings only way to negotiate for prisoners
“Hamas Spokesman Ayman Taha confirmed… that kidnapping soldiers would continue to be the only means to liberate prisoners… 'The Hamas approach has been based, since [the movement's] inception, on liberating prisoners through kidnapping soldiers and exchanging them for Palestinian prisoners.' He...”
Apr 16, 2007
Hamas MP demands more kidnappings
"Fathi Hamad, Hamas member of the Palestinian Parliament, demanded the kidnapping of more Israeli soldiers in order to force Israel to free the [Palestinian] prisoners… Hamad stressed that it is the responsibility of the government, the Parliament, the [armed] factions and military arms to dedicate..."
Mar 10, 2007
90% Palestinian support for kidnapped Israeli soldiers for prisoners
An-Najah National University, Opinion Polls and Survey Studies Center Poll of Palestinians following Hezbollah capture of two Israeli soldiers as hostages for releasing Arab and Palestinian terrorists from Israeli jails which caused the Second Lebanon War. 96.3% defined their attitude towards...
Jul 25, 2006
Kidnapping of soldiers is a Palestinian right
"Representatives of the national and Islamic factions said: "Response to this continued [Israeli] aggression and the capture of occupation soldiers, are the right of the resistance to self-defense and meant to continue resistance to the occupation and to liberate the prisoners.""
Jul 18, 2006
PA official: Palestinian resistance holds keys to Israeli prisons
"Representative [of PA Parliament] Dr. Mustafa Barghouti… emphasized: 'This battle is for the liberation of our prisoners, who must not be abandoned.' He said that the procession [in Ramallah] was meant to emphasize the support of the Palestinian people for the Lebanese people… Deputy Minister of..."
Jul 18, 2006
Language of force is the only way
"During the program Meet the Press in Tulkarem, the speakers emphasized the need to empty the Israeli jails and to free the prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldiers… The representative of the Tulkarem region, Rushdi Al-Zaghal, said: 'The issue of the prisoners… proves that the occupation..."
Jul 18, 2006
Hamas mocks kidnapped Israel soldiers as mice
ON cat: "Palestinian and Lebanese resistance." In its mouth three Israeli soldiers, depicted as mice. The cat is urinating on Israeli PM Olmert and Defense Minister Peretz. Olmert says: "What's happening; the rain smells." Peretz: "I think that the summer rains have begun."
Jul 13, 2006