Hamas’ Palestine Today reports that Hamas leader Khaled Mashal promised a “surprise” where all Palestinian Arab terrorists in Israeli prisons will go free.
The father of the imprisoned terrorist Abdullah Barghouti says that that his son told him that the Khaled Meshaal plans a “surprise” on the issue of prisoners in Israeli jails, without giving further details.
The father said in an interview with Al-Quds TV morning this morning that his son told him the surprise will be revealed at the right time. According to him, Meshal told the mother of another prisoner, Hassan Salameh, during a meeting with families of prisoners on Sunday: “I swear to God, I swear to God, I swear to God, a plan to free all the prisoners in safety.”
This sounds very similar to the promise that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made in the beginning of 2006 that Samir Kuntar would be freed by Israel – as he was planning the abduction of Israeli soldiers for a prisoner swap.
Since the IDF has been very careful not to let that happen again, what could Meshal have up his sleeve?
If I had to guess what Meshal was saying, it would be that Hamas plans to kidnap Israeli civilians, perhaps in Judea and Samaria or maybe from an Israeli community at the Gaza border, for a prisoner swap. There are probably a number of hidden tunnels being readied now.