---UPDATE: dat Marwan Barghouti bij de vrij te laten gevangenen zit, schijnt niet te kloppen!
Ik heb zeer gemengde gevoelens over dit nieuws. Het is fijn dat Shalit uit zijn lijden wordt verlost, maar er komen honderden terroristen vrij die lange straffen uitzitten voor dodelijke aanslagen. Deze mensen hebben absoluut geen spijt van hun daden, en de kans is groot dat zij hun oude activiteiten weer op zullen pakken. Hamas heeft ook al gezegd dat er meer ontvoeringen zullen komen om alle gevangenen vrij te krijgen. Israel beloont terrorisme met zo’n deal. Daarbij is het voor de vele slachtoffers van aanslagen in Israel bijzonder zuur dat de plegers op vrije voeten komen en trots zullen melden dat zij meer Israeli’s gaan doden.
Marwan Barghouti [NOT] among 1,000 prisoners included in Shalit deal
Prisoner exchange for Hamas-held soldier to include release of notorious Palestinian terrorists, including ex-Tanzim chief Barghouti; two-phase deal to see 450 prisoners release parallel to Shalit; 550 more upon his return to Israel
Israel has agreed to release about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in the framework of the agreement reached with Hamas to secure the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, news agencies reported on Tuesday citing Arab sources.
According to reports, the deal will include the release of the most notorious Palestinian terrorists, including former head of the Fatah Tanzim Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his role in the murder of Israelis during the al-Aksa intifada.
A source who has knowledge of the talks that led to the breakthrough told news agencies that the deal would be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, 450 Palestinian prisoners would be freed as Shalit would be released into Egytian custody while the remaining 550 would be freed upon Shalit's return home.
Israel had previously balked at Hamas' demands because some of the prisoners are serving lengthy sentences for deadly attacks on Israelis.
Other sticking points in the past have been whether prisoners would be allowed to return home to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, or be sent into exile instead. Exact details of the deal were not immediately available.
The exchange would include Amina Mona, a young woman who lured a lovestruck Israeli teenage boy to a Palestinian city over the Internet, only to have him killed by waiting militants, according to Mohammed al-Barem, a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, one of the groups that captured Shalit. He gave no other names, but said it included 300 prisoners serving life sentences.
Israeli groups representing the families of people killed by Palestinian militants have objected to a prisoner swap, saying it would be too painful to allow their children's murderers to go free.
Meanwhile, the Land of Israel lobby in the Knesset urged the cabinet to reject the proposed prisoner exchange deal. The National Union Party said the deal represents "Israel's capitulation of terror groups."