Hamas Won't Budge on Gilad Shalit Release Demands

By Avi Issacharoff (Haaretz)

Published August 17, 2011.

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal, along with other Hamas officials, will meet with Egyptian intelligence chief General Murad Muwafi on Wednesday for discussions on a deal for the release of captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported.

Palestinian sources emphasized to Al-Hayat that Hamas does not intend to compromise on its demands for the release of prisoners sentenced to long-term jail time and prisoners considered to be political leaders.

Meshal conducted talks in Cairo on Tuesday with Egyptian security officials and other Hamas officials. According to an Al-Jazeera report, the officials discussed the Shalit deal as well as Palestinian reconciliation.

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