The military wing of Hamas movement on Tuesday said talks to exchange prisoners between Israel and the Palestinians are restricted by a time limit.
"We have an undisclosed time ceiling and after that we can decide according to the interest of the Palestinian people," said Abu Obaida, the spokesman of Ezz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, in an interview posted on a Hamas-affiliated website.
Abu Obaida warned that Gilad Shalit, the soldier Hamas holds hostage since 2006, will go missing forever and his fate "might be similar to Ron Arad," referring to the Israeli air force engineer who went missing since his aircraft crashed over Lebanon in 1986.
Abu Obaida admitted that the Egyptian-mediated talks between Hamas and Israel are still halted, accusing "the Zionist willfulness" of blocking the talks. He also stressed that Hamas will not give up any of its demands.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Hamas: Gilad Shalit "will go missing forever and his fate 'might be similar to Ron Arad'"
This story at the Hamas-friendly PalToday site refers to Shalit as a "hostage":