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"Last week, the Israeli Palestinian Media Watch institute published research into more than 50 Palestinian statements published between the years 2004 and 2009. By means of these reported statements, the researchers analyzed the effect of the prisoner deals on society and the leadership in the West Bank and Gaza. Israel's willingness to release hundreds of prisoners in return for the bodies of dead soldiers and a live drug dealer were interpreted on the other side as weakness, and accelerated the pressure to carry out more abductions.
Especially worrying is the support senior Fatah people have expressed for such actions. Ahmad Abdul Rahman, formerly the Fatah spokesman and an advisor to Yasser Arafat, proffered immediate congratulations after the abduction of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev on the Lebanon border in 2006. He spoke of "the heroes who carried out the heroic act in southern Lebanon in support of their Palestinian brethren," and emphasized that the demand to free the Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli soldier [Shalit] is a "natural right."
Immediately after the Regev and Goldwasser deal, Ashraf al-Ajrami, the minister of prisoners' affairs in Prime Minister Fayyad's government, attacked Israel. According to him, "The language of peace and negotiations is not enough to urge Israel to cooperate positively regarding prisoners. The way Israel likes, it seems, is to exchange [prisoners] for kidnapped Israeli soldiers."


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