Marwan Issa, the deputy commander of Hamas’ military wing, Muhammad Daf, was interviewed this evening (Sunday) for the first time since the end of “Operation Walls” on the Al-Jazeera network and did so with a blur. Issa revealed that after the abduction of Gilad Shalit, a number of mediators from the Palestinian Authority and Egypt contacted them to release Shalit. “We moved him from place to place to guard him. The PA and Egypt tried to end the affair quietly.”
He said they had passed incorrect information about Shalit’s location in the Gaza Strip. “Gaza Brigadier General Bassem Issa is the one who set up the shadow unit and had the most important role in hiding Gilad Shalit,” he said.
Issa also revealed that “more than once, Israel has tried to kidnap senior Hamas figures, including Ahmad Jabari and Raed al-Atar, and offered large sums of money to anyone who would bring information about Shalit and failed.” In addition, he also referred to the recent battle between Israel and Hamas and said that “in the last operation we were united, we acted against the enemy in the campaign for Jerusalem and al-Aqsa, and we also acted on the issue of the prisoner exchange deal.”
“We have bargaining chips to complete a respectable prisoner exchange deal, and the inmates are the most important thing that is now on the table,” he added.
Issa also revealed in a recording interview in which he says one of the Israeli prisoners in which he says: “I wish to be in the arms of my family soon.” The degree of authenticity of the recording is unclear. Abra Mengistu’s mother told Walla! Because the voice heard in the recording is not her son’s voice.
The coordinator of the prisoners and missing persons, Yaron Blum, said following the publication of the videos: “Hamas is in distress after the severe blows it received in Operation Guardian of the Walls and is attempting cheap and transparent manipulation here. Israel is well aware of the situation “Hisham a-Sayed, who crossed the border while alive. The State of Israel will continue to act with determination and responsibility for the return of the sons and citizens.”
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