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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hamas upping the ante for Shalit?

Palestine Press Agency and Palestine Today report that Hamas is adding completely new demands to the Shalit negotiations.

The newspapers claim that Hamas has new confidence in its negotiating position, seeing that Germany, Norway, the US and France are involved in talks.

The absurd new demands include the right to have a port in Gaza where Hamas can import all the weapons they want without restrictions, to have Israel release all prisoners with Israeli identity cards as well as a pledge from Israel to never attack Gaza in any way.

I don't know how accurate the anonymous sources that they quote are. However, this report does seem to be consistent with Hamas thinking.