Hamas on Sunday issued its first threat to actually kill abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit if Jerusalem does not agree to the immediate release of 350 jailed terrorists.
Shalit has been held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas and affiliated terror groups since being nabbed while on patrol in southern Israel in June 2006. Hamas has been negotiating a prisoner exchange with Israel via Egyptian mediators. The group refuses to budge on the list of terrorists it wants released, while Israel will not seriously consider the move as many of the Palestinians listed have directly participated in the murder of Israeli Jews.
Speaking to a Kuwaiti newspaper on Sunday, senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk said that if Israel did not warm up to the group's demands soon, "we will conduct negotiations over [Shalit's] bones."
In the past, Israel has agreed to release hundreds of Palestinian and Lebanese terrorists in exchange for the remains of Israeli soldiers held by Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia.