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Is Israel negotiating prisoners with Hamas before the April elections? – News from Israel




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Mengistu, Goldin and Shaul.
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In an effort to balance public opinion in favor of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the April elections, Israel has begun indirect talks with Hamas to secure the release of Israelis held in captivity by the terrorist group, Al Arabi Al Jadid reported.

Hamas said they will consider freeing the Israelis that they have in captivity if Israel releases all Hamas members who were detained after they were released during the Shalit agreement in 2011.

While 1,027 prisoners were released in the Gilad Shalit agreement eight years ago, in which the release of captured IDF soldier Shalit was secured in exchange for Hamas prisoners, Israel had already arrested some of them again when they once again engaged in terrorist acts against the Israelis. .

Ziad Awad, who was one of those released in the original Shalit agreement, was sentenced in 2017 to two life sentences for murdering Ch.-Supt. Baruch Mizrahi during a terrorist attack on the West Bank in 2014.

Awad's son, Izzadin Ziad Hassan Awad, 21, was convicted of aiding him in the murder.

Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed are Israeli citizens kept in captivity by Hamas since 2014. Hamas also has the bodies of Israeli soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

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