Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh said, on Tuesday, that his movement is ready for a prisoner swap with Israel through third-party mediation.
In a televised speech to mark Palestinian Prisonersâ€™ Day, Haniyeh said: â€śWe are ready to start talks to achieve a prisoner exchange deal via a mediator.â€ť
Addressing the Palestinians prisoners inside Israel jails, he said: â€śThe time when the [Israeli] occupation is to pay the price and release all of our prisoners is coming sooner or later. All of us are responsible for liberating prisoners. We do not accept the suffering to continue forever.â€ť
He added: â€śYour cause is always on the table for overt and covert discussions. We always think of using all means to break your shackles and bring you back with dignity and pride.â€ť
Meanwhile, he said that his movement is ready to make concessions for the sake of achieving Palestinian reconciliation.
To this end, he called for holding the Palestinian National Council without excluding any factions, according to the PNN.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, and continues into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.