Head of GSS: No Deal in sight for Shalit

Monday, July 31, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Head of Israel’s General Security Services Yuval Diskin said today that there is very little feasibility for a deal that will free kidnapped IDF soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit. “Abu-Mazen, Egypt, and Hamas are trying amongst themselves to find a formula which will allow for the release of Shalit. There are talks, but in my estimation there doesn’t seem to be any feasibility for it to happen,” said Diskin.

Diskin said that Shalit is still alive and there is a high probability he is being held in Gaza.

Diskin mentioned that there is very high motivation in the territories to conduct terrorist attacks, both as initiatives of the Palestinian terror groups and pressure coming from Hizballah. There is an intention to carry out shooting attacks as well as suicide bombings, but the highest motivation is to carry out kidnappings similar to the kidnapping and murder of Dr. Danny Yaakovi over the weekend.

The terrorist groups in the Palestinian Authority are closely following the developments of the struggle between Israel and the Hizballah and as such, the results of the fighting in Lebanon have a direct effect on the motivation and morale in the Palestinian territories. Diskin presented his position that there is a need to deepen the achievements of the fighting in Lebanon so it will be seen by Palestinian eyes. “In the Middle East it is important to show the terrorist from Gaza not just the strategic victory, but to show the IDF achievement as a deterrent.”

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