Wednesday, June 20, 2007

GILAD SHALIT: There have been few developments to begin with, and with the current anarchy among Palestinian Arabs the is unlikely to change. According to YNet News:
June 25 will mark one year since Shalit was captured by terrorists who infiltrated Israel and attacked an IDF post in the southern Gaza Strip, near Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.

Over the past few days, the situation in Gaza has continued to intensify, with Hamas taking over all the buildings overlooking Fatah's Preventive Security Service headquarters in Gaza City, and claiming to have taken over part of the compound on Thursday.

Over three weeks ago, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that negotiations for the release of Shalit were put on hold, due to the shaky security situation and the violence in the Gaza Strip.

"Talks were put on hold for now, following internal Palestinian complications and tensions that were created," Aboul Gheit said.
Back in May, Hamas reaction to Israeli response to Kassam rockets was predictable:
“If any of Hamas’ leaders are harmed, Israel can forget about Gilad Shalit," said Saturday a spokesman for the Islamist group’s armed wing, the Izz el-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

...“The Zionist enemy must realize one thing and that is that it can forget about the soldier Shalit if it harms one of Hamas’ political or military leaders,” Abu Obaida said, adding that his group is in possession of advanced weapons that “will be used against Israel sooner or later”.
Brave talk from terrorists who still have been unable to secure the release of Alan Johnston.

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