The head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Ismail Haniyeh, said that he promises the Palestinian people and the prisoners in the occupation prisons “with another honorable exchange deal.” And Haniyeh said a month ago that Egypt was mediating between his movement and Tel Aviv to reach a new agreement to exchange prisoners.
Today, Haniyeh stressed, in a brief speech recorded on the anniversary of the prisoner exchange deal known as “Wafa Al-Ahrar”, that the prisoners’ file is a priority for the resistance factions “which are determined to achieve a new victory in liberating the prisoners.”
Haniyeh expressed his support and solidarity with the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras, who is continuing his hunger strike for the 85th day, rejecting his administrative detention (without charge). Administrative detention is a decision of detention without trial for a period of up to 6 months, which can be extended.
An Egyptian security delegation visited the Gaza Strip last September to discuss a number of issues, including the exchange of prisoners between the movement and Israel.
Israel says that Hamas has detained 4 Israeli soldiers since the occupation’s aggression on the Gaza Strip in 2014, and on the other hand the movement insists on more than one occasion that it will not reveal the fate of the Israelis unless Tel Aviv releases Palestinian prisoners it re-arrested in recent years after releasing them in an exchange deal. 2011 year.
Last April, Hamas announced through its president in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, its readiness to offer a partial concession on the issue of the Israeli prisoners of the Palestinian resistance, in exchange for the occupation’s release of the elderly and sick prisoners, as a humanitarian initiative in light of the emerging Corona virus crisis.
Hamas and the occupation concluded a prisoner exchange deal in October 2011 under Egyptian auspices. Under the deal, 1,027 Palestinian detainees were released, in exchange for the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was in Hamas custody. However, in June 2014, Israel re-arrested 60 Palestinians released from the West Bank. Israel says that Hamas has detained 4 Israelis since the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in 2014.