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Daily Israel Report

Hamas Demands Terrorist Releases to Stop Rockets

Senior Hamas source reveals the group wants re-arrested Shalit deal terrorists freed, and IDF 'ceasefire', to stop rocket barrage.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 7/7/2014, 2:43 PM

Hamas terrorists in Gaza (file)
Hamas terrorists in Gaza (file)
Reuters

A senior Hamas source spoke to Walla! news on Monday, revealing the conditions his terrorist organization demands from Israel in order to stop the recent round of terror against Israeli civilians, in which over 120 rockets have been fired on Israel from Gaza since last Wednesday.

According to the source, Hamas will not follow Israel's condition of having "quiet met with quiet."

Rather, the terror group demands the release of the terrorists who were freed in the 2011 Shalit deal and rearrested during Operation Brother's Keeper, which was launched in mid-June.

The source claimed the terrorists were arrested "for no reason" as part of the crackdown on the Hamas terror infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, which aimed to rescue the three Israeli teens who were abducted by Hamas terrorists and prevent future attacks.

At least 56 of the 1,027 terrorists who were released in exchange for Gilad Shalit were re-arrested. It is worth noting that one of the terrorists freed in that deal went on to murder Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi hy''d, as he was driving with his pregnant wife on the eve of Pesach (Passover).

The source also demanded that the IDF stick to the ceasefire that was brokered by Egypt after the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense - a ceasefire that Gaza, and particularly Hamas terrorists, have themselves breached countless times, sparking IAF airstrike responses.

In the interview, the Hamas source maintained that Hamas is not responsible for the abduction and murder of Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah, despite the fact that the identities of three Hamas terrorists who were the central figures in the murders have been revealed by the IDF.

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal spoke with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the phone recently and maintained that Hamas is not behind the abduction, according to the source.

The Hamas source added that Egypt is indeed involved in negotiating a ceasefire to the current rocket escalation, but revealed that the involvement is half-hearted.