06.02.2012 13.Schwat. 5772
Hamas feared Shalit would die in captivity, says Yoram Cohen, adding that its precarious status in Syria and internal considerations had also led to greater willingness to strike a deal for the IDF soldier's release.
One reason Hamas became flexible in a deal to release kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit is because the group feared he would die in captivity, Shin Bet security service head Yoram Cohen said last Thursday.
"Hamas was afraid of losing the asset" in light of his deteriorating health, Cohen told a closed forum in Tel Aviv, referring to Shalit….