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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Is Israel about to do a prisoner swap?

Note that there is not much in this "leaked document" that we didn't know, but it is still interesting.
Leaked Kadima document implies Israel may agree to prisoners swap for Shalit
in order to obtain public confidence

Date: 26 / 08 / 2007  Time:  14:06

Bethlehem - Exclusive - Ma'an received a leaked document from the Israel PM Olmert's ruling Kadima party, which elucidates the possibilities of an Israeli-Palestinian prisoners' exchange.

The document, which is in Hebrew, said Israeli evaluations suggest there will be an opportunity for a prisoners swap in the near future.

This opportunity has resulted from internal Israeli conditions, which implies there is strong criticism of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's policies, especially with regards to social and economic projects, and because no remarkable security achievements have been accomplished.

The document also said that Olmert is aware that his government needs a great accomplishment at social and security levels in order to obtain public confidence.

As a result of this situation, the Israeli government, headed by Olmert, will agree to a prisoners swap in exchange for captured Corporal Gilad Shalit. Israel will agree to a list which includes Hamas members which Israel previously opposed for the exchange.

The document also revealed that the families, who never expected the release of their incarcerated relatives, should prepare to see them.

The date allocated for next Israeli elections, in 2008, is crucial, because the Olmert government may be toppled before that date. The document suggests elections could even be held at the end of this year.

It is believed that any future government will be led by the Kadima and Labour parties.

Some sources have claimed that a prisoners' swap and the release of prisoners allegedly with 'blood on their hands', will mark an Israeli submission to 'terror'.

The same sources said it would encourage Palestinians to 'abduct' more Israelis.

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