Israel Arrests Hamas Politicians in West Bank After Talks Collapse : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

Israel Arrests Hamas Politicians in West Bank After Talks Collapse

March 19, 2009

Israel Arrests Hamas Politicians in West Bank After Talks Collapse


By Luis Ramirez


Jerusalem,ISRAEL (RPRN)03/19/09- Israeli soldiers have arrested a number of Hamas politicians in the West Bank. The arrests follow the collapse of indirect negotiations between Israel and the militant Islamist group this week.


Hamas officials labeled the arrests an attempt by Israel to punish the group after the two sides failed to reach a deal for a truce in indirect negotiations for a prisoner swap brokered by Egypt.


Israel had sought to win the release of Gilad Shalit, a soldier seized by Palestinian militants and taken to the Gaza Strip in 2006. Talks broke down when Israel refused to hand over all of the Palestinian prisoners that Hamas wanted released - some of whom included people involved in terror attacks that killed Israeli civilians.


Among those arrested in the Israeli-occupied West Bank were four Hamas members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a university professor.

The New York Times Home Delivery

A statement from Israel's military said those detained were leaders of an ongoing effort to restore the administrative branch of Hamas, which Israel considers a terrorist organization.


The group does not recognize the Jewish State's right to exist and has called for its destruction.


In remarks carried by Israeli radio, Hamas lawmaker Moushir al-Masri condemned the arrests.


He accused Israel of trying to blackmail Hamas, an effort he vowed will fail.


The collapse of negotiations this week adds uncertainty to the future of the conflict. A low intensity war has continued along the Israel-Gaza border, with militants firing rockets into Israel and Israeli forces responding with periodic air strikes against targets in Gaza.


With no permanent truce in place, the breakdown of the talks opens the possibility of a renewed full-scale offensive in Gaza.


Israel says it will not lift its blockade on the border crossings into the Gaza Strip, something that is preventing reconstruction efforts from getting under way following the recent 22-day Israeli assault on militants in the enclave.


Further complicating prospects for peace in the Gaza Strip is the split between Hamas which controls Gaza and the moderate Fatah faction that governs the West Bank. Talks between the Palestinian groups ended inconclusively in Cairo. Participants said they would resume negotiations at a later, unspecified date.


About the author:

Voice of America. The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: Politics, World News, BREAKING NEWS, Article-byline, Israel

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / AH Marketing ahmarketinggroup.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

North American Cities Slow to Adopt Open Source Software

Toronto, ON 09/26/16 · Government IT department are often one of the...

ExeBTC Offers Multiple Investment Packages for Global Investors

Delaware,DE 09/25/16 · For years, ExeBTC has been a leader in...

SchoolFinder to be launched in a new avatar soon

India 09/25/16 · SchoolFinder is pleased to announce that it will...

Leader of New Haven Heroin Ring Pleads Guilty

New Haven,Connecticut 09/22/16 · Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the...

Discover The Bedol Water Clock, Eco-friendy Clock Powered by Water

Los Angeles, CA 09/22/16 · The Bedol Water Clock.   The Clock powered by...

AIMS 360 Fashion Software Delivers Shopify Integration to Simplify eCommerce

Los Angeles, CA 09/21/16 · Leading software provider for apparel industry integrates with...

Waverly Labs Announces Reaching $3 Million in Crowdfunding on IndieGogo

NEW YORK 09/20/16 · Smart Translating Earpiece Pilot makes unprecedented history in...

Plastics Recycling Company Ranks No. 8 on the 2016 Startup 50

Toronto, ON 09/16/16 · CANEI Corporation Ranks No. 8 on the 2016...

Caribbean American Movers and Shakers

Atlanta, GA 09/16/16 · Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Awards Goes International  ...

Maxxlife Financial Expands Lineup of Carriers for Super Visa Insurance

Toronto,ON 09/16/16 · Maxxlife Financial, Inc., the insurance broker, announced today...

IT Tech Support Scams Are on the Rise, says FBI

Washington, D.C. 09/15/16 · The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is receiving...

20 Dollars Discount On All PR Distribution Packages Now

San Francisco 09/13/16 · Time to share the joy again! We just...

MONTREAL SPCA WOULD EXCLUDE DOGS FROM THE ANIMAL SERVICES PROVIDED TO BOROUGHS

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA 09/07/16 · In light of an impending municipal bylaw targeting...

The New Criterion Celebrates its 35th Anniversary with a Special September Issue

NEW YORK 09/06/16 ·  - The New Criterion invites readers to celebrate...