Palestinians want to kidnap more IDF soldiers

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Hamas-controlled Al Aqsa Television reported last week that the ruling Palestinian faction and the other terror groups that call Judea, Samaria and Gaza their home see the abduction of Israeli soldiers as an effective policy that should be implemented repeatedly.

According to the report, which was translated by Israeli watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch, the Palestinian parliament's Prisoners' Committee recently met to discuss 10 suggestions for securing the release of Palestinian security prisoners from Israeli jails.

The most prominent and welcomed suggestion "was the call for kidnappings of (more) Zionist soldiers."

"There were suggestions to repeat the operations to kidnap other Israeli soldiers, because we know that [Israel] understands no other language," said Said Siam, who served as Palestinian Authority interior minister until the recent formation of a unity government including both Hamas and Fatah.

The Palestinians are already holding one Israeli soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, in the Gaza Strip. Shalit was abducted during a raid by Hamas-affiliated terrorists into southern Israel on June 25, 2006.

Palestinian lawmaker and member of the Prisoners' Committee Um-Nasser Farachat said that he hopes "the kidnappers will stick with their demands and not lower their demands in any way ... until [the Israelis] will surrender to our conditions."

The Palestinians want Israel to free 1,400 security prisoners, including many with "blood on their hands," in return for Shalit. Israel has rejected their demands.

The IDF reported on Tuesday that the Palestinians tried to improve their negotiating position by abducting an additional soldier during a Hamas rocket barrage on southern Israel as the Jewish state celebrated its Independence Day. The army managed to thwart the kidnapping attempt.

Some 10,000 Palestinian Arabs are in Israeli prisons for having either planned, participated in, or attempted to carry out terrorist attacks against Israelis.

A commentator for Al Aqsa TV speculated that the capture of around 10 "Zionist soldiers" should be enough to "guarantee the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners."

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