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  10/14/2011, Tishrei 16, 5772

PA Not Entirely Happy with Shalit Deal

Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki questioned, on Thursday, Hamas's deal to free abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for the release of 1,027 Arab security prisoners.

Interviewed by France 24, he expressed disappointment that residents of Judea and Samaria were going to be deported to Gaza or outside the PA. He also said the timing of the deal appeared to undercut the PA's unilateral bid for statehood at the United Nations. Others echoed his sentiments or cited Hamas for not achieving the release of certain, more prominent names,