Israel is given ultimatum

Monday, July 03, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Gilad Shalit’s abductors are giving Israel until 6 a.m. on Tuesday to release its prisoners and meet their demands.

“You have until tomorrow, Tuesday, the fourth of July at 6 a.m. and if Israel will not respond to our demands and release the imprisoned women, children under 18-years-old and another 1,000 prisoners, Israel will suffer future consequences.”

The ultimatum was published eight days after Shalit was kidnapped. The announcement was signed by Izz al-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees and by the Islamic Army.

This is the third demand released by the abductors. In the first statement, the terrorists called for the release of all the women and youth from Israeli prisons in exchange for information about the soldier. Other stipulations involved handing over 1,000 security prisoners as a condition for the soldier’s safe return.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received military and security service recommendations to refrain from negotiating with the terrorists. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was in Moscow on Monday meeting with President Vladimir Putin, requesting that he put pressure on Damascus and on Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to release Shalit.

Israel has yet to receive information that might help it carry out a military operation for Shalit’s release.

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