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Did Baghdad Bob change his name and start working for the Palestinians:
Israel has not ruled out the possibility of releasing Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas legislator Salah al-Bardaweel said on Sunday.
But Bardaweel’s comments stand in stark contrast to the unequivocal comments made Sunday in the weekly cabinet meeting by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen Dan Halutz, and head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, who all said that Israel would not release prisoners for Shalit because this would only encourage more and more kidnapping attempts.
Hamas will be targeting civilian targets:
Meanwhile, Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin al-Kassam, on Sunday threatened to attack infrastructure facilities inside Israel, including schools, hospitals and universities. The threat, the first of its kind since Hamas won the parliamentary election last January, was issued in response to continued Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip.
“If they continue with these attacks, we will strike at targets in Zionist territory that we have not struck until now,” said the organization’s spokesman.
PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemned Israel’s air raid on the office of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday night as a “real crime.” Abbas, who was speaking to reporters during a tour of the destroyed office in Gaza City together with Haniyeh, said: “The world should understand that the destruction of the institutions of the Palestinian people is a real crime.”
Following the attack, Abbas and Haniyeh held an urgent meeting in Gaza City to discuss the latest developments surrounding the case of the IDF soldier.
Haniyeh, who later inspected the ruins of his office, said the attack would not influence Hamas’s standing.
“This is a policy of arrogance that resembles the rule of the jungle,” he told reporters. I call on the international community to intervene to stop the Israeli aggression.