Gilad Shalit, the Israel Defense Forces soldier who has been held largely incommunicado in the Gaza Strip for more than five years, has been told that he will be freed as part of a prisoner swap deal, a Palestinian militant leader said Wednesday.We don't need a Palestinian terrorist spokesman to know what he thought. It obviously went something like this:
"Of course, we informed Shalit yesterday about reaching a deal on releasing him," Abu Attaya, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in Gaza, told the German Press-Agency dpa.
The PRC is one of the three groups holding Shalit.
Abu Attaya did not say how Shalit reacted.
I greatly deplore this motion to free me on behalf of Israel. The generosity, warmth, and kindness that I received as a prisoner in Gaza has been deeply profound, and will not be forgotten. True, very few details about my detainment were announced, nor has the Red Cross been allowed to visit me, which violates international law.
True, if I was a Palestinian in an Israeli prison, I'd be allowed to receive an education, T.V., phone, throw parties, be visited by the Red Cross and other organizations, and all other aspects of a 4 star hotel would be met. Indeed, it is quite astonishing how Palestinian prisoners - many of whom have killed Israelis personally, others who have attempted, and still others who facilitated - are launching a hunger strike that their conditions were downgraded to a 3 star hotel (but still fitting international law criteria), in order to persaude Hamas to swiften my release, and since it doesn't quite make sense to give the murderer of 50 people a 4 star hotel life.
Yes, Moussab Hassan Yousef was able to come to this realization. But still, Israel has to ruin everything! Why can't they just let me stay captive?It obviously went something like that.