GAZA, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Captors of Israeli soldier in Gaza on Tuesday said
any new Israeli negotiator would not succeed in his mission unless his state
responds to the Palestinian armed groups' demands.
"Any negotiator must know that his state has to release the Palestinian
prisoners whose names appeared in the lists the Egyptian mediators handed over
to the occupation (Israel)," said Abu Mujahed, a spokesman for the Popular
Resistance Committees (PRC), a pro-Hamas militia.
His remarks followed reports that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu appointed one of his deputies as an envoy for the prisoner exchange
Hamas, the PRC and the Army of Islam, the factions that hold Israeli
corporal Gilad Shalit since 2006, "will not think in giving up any of their
demands or removing any name," Abu Mujahed added.
Hamas wants Israel to release more than 1,000 Palestinian and Arab
prisoners under the swap and has handed out a list of 450 prisoners who must be
freed on the first phase of the exchange.
Israel rejected many names appeared in the Hamas list and Hamas insisted
not to erase any name, forcing the Egyptian-mediated talks to stop for months.