Special report: Israel launches Gaza
GAZA, July 1 (Xinhua) - A senior Hamas official and a
member in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) decreased on Saturday the
importance of targeting ministers in the Hamas-led government, saying that the
ministers and the lawmakers will be facing their destiny.
"The flag would never fall down, but leaders can
become martyrs or prisoners," Mushier al-Masri told Xinhua in comment to the
reports that Israel threatened to target Palestinian PrimeMinister Ismail Haneya
if the captive Israeli soldier gets killed. Meanwhile, the official also said
that the three groups abducting an Israeli soldier last Sunday would not reduce
its demands to Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel jails."The militant
groups would never minimize its demands to reduce its conditions towards the
issue of the abducted soldier," al-Masri noted.
He added that the release of a 1,000 prisoners of
those spending high sentences as well as Arab, Moslem and sick prisoners in
Israeli jails, is a clear condition in order to free the abducted soldier Gilad
Last Sunday, Israeli Corporal Shalit was seized in a
deadly attack carried out by militants from Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the
Popular Resistance Committees and its offshoot Islamic Army on an Israeli army
post near a southern Gaza border crossing.
"The abduction of the soldier is a step in the right
direction in order to release imprisoned Palestinians in the Israeli jails,"said
al-Masri, expecting that Israel sooner or later would give up and accept the
However, the request was rejected by Israeli Prime
MinisterEhud Olmert on Saturday.
The Israeli army has launched an operation dubbed
"Summer Rain"against the Gaza Strip to secure the return of Shalit.