Hamas threatens to abduct more Israeli soldiers

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Damascus-based overall Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on Monday said his group would abduct additional Israeli soldiers to be used as bargaining chips to secure the release of all Palestinian terrorists being held in Israeli prisons.

Hamas expects new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to renege on the previous government's willingness to free over 1,000 Palestinian terrorists, including those who had directly murdered Israelis, in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

Though former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had eventually agreed to nearly all of Hamas' prisoner swap demands, the terror group still refused to finalize a deal.

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