s the US trying to prevent the release of two senior prisoners whose freedom Hamas is demanding in return for Shalit? Palestinian sources have told the London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper that the United States has pressured Israel not to release Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Ahmed Saadat and former Fatah leader in the West Bank Marwan Barghouti.
There was also pressure not to release prisoners from east Jerusalem and Arab citizens of Israel, the report said.
The sources told the newspaper that Israel has gone back on agreements reached earlier regarding the deal aimed at securing the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. [continued…]