Monday, July 10, 2006

Hamas leader Meshal calls abducted Israeli soldier Shalit a POW

And maybe if Meshal actually lived in the Palestinian territories as opposed to hiding in Damascus, we could take his words seriously. Of course then there's the problem that he works for a terrorist group...

Haaretz - Earlier on Monday, Khaled Meshal, the Damascus-based head of the Hamas political office, insisted on a swap of Palestinian prisoners for captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

"Our people... are united on the insistence to swap the captured soldier with prisoners in the jails of the Zionist enemy," said the exiled Hamas leader during a rare press conference from the Syrian capital.

And perhaps after he's returned to his own he'll realize that it's probably best that he not refer to his adversary as the "Zionist enemy." I mean can't he come up with something more derogatory than that? I've thought of five while I wrote that sentence and I like Israel... I'm sure that will go over well along with the Zionist enemy line.

[...] Meshal blamed Israel for the collapse of Egyptian, Qatari and European mediation efforts to solve the crisis over the soldier.

"These efforts hit snags over Israel's insistence on the release of the Israeli soldier and its refusal to release Palestinian prisoners," he said.

"I do not exaggerate when I say that Olmert and his hostile policies are holding Gilad Shalit. He shoulders the responsibility for what is happening to him," Meshal said.

"This is not a solution ... We don't want escalation. We are for a peaceful, quiet resolution."

"The solution is simple: an exchange. But Israel refuses that," he said, adding that the Israelis are "under an illusion" if they think that by escalating their Gaza offensive they will win the soldier's release.

Right... It's all Israel's fault simply because they exist. The evil Zionist conspirators forced Hamas to kidnap Shalit, because Hamas is usually all puppy doggies and kitty cats and daisies when they're not firing rockets into Israeli cities blowing up schools. And of course Israel's refusing the 1,000 Palestian prisoners for the single Cpl. Shalit. I guess they don't think that's a very fair deal...