The reasons for Hamas’s ‘flexibility’ on Schalit swap

14.10.2011                      16.Tischrei. 5772                       Sukkot 2

Analyse:

The reasons for Hamas’s ‘flexibility’ on Schalit swap

Hamas needed a victory to show its constituents; and it needed to start worrying about where it can go from Syria.

The framework deal for the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit that the cabinet approved on Tuesday evening – 1,000 for one – is pretty much the same one the German mediator put on the table two years ago. What changed are some of the key names on the list, and where the Palestinian prisoners will go after their release.
Until a couple of months ago, Hamas – according to Israeli officials – was insisting that all the names it put forward be freed….