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  Shvat 14, 5770 , 29/01/10

Hamas: German Shalit Mediator Will Resign Soon

Hamas Gaza spokesman Ayman Ta estimated on Thursday that the German mediator in negotiations for the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will resign soon because of what he called "Israeli intransigence".

Hamas politburo member Izat Ar-Rishek said that Hamas agreed with the mediator at one time that the first phase of an exchange would include 270 prisoners serving life terms and that 80 prisoners who were residents of Judea and Samaria would be deported to Gaza. However, he said, Israel demanded to deport 209 prisoners. He said Israel refused to release senior terrorists, including Marwan Barghouti, Ahmed Saadat and Ahlam Tamimi.

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