20.10.2011 22.Tischrei. 5772 Schmini Azaret
Diplomats in New York say Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange deal undermined position of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The prisoner exchange deal reached between Israel and Hamas has hurt the chances that peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, diplomatic sources in New York said following the release of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised the exchange deal, calling it a positive step in the ongoing effort to resolve the Middle East conflict. He said that Shalit’s release marked a significant humanitarian breakthrough and that he had long called for Shalit’s release….