Ali Waked
June 25, 2008 - 5:44pm,7340,L-3560308,00.html

Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) spokesman Abu Mujahid told Ynet Wednesday that the demands posed by the groups holding IDF soldier Gilad Shalit will not change and that "Israel must comply with our demands otherwise Shalit will not see the light of day.

"We demand Israel comply with all of our demands. We demand the release of the prisoners who were sentenced to long jail terms. Without their release, Shalit will remain in our hands for many years to come," said Abu Mujahid.

PRC took part in Shalit's kidnapping during a cross-border raid on the Kerem Shalom crossing near Gaza on June 25, 2006.

Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas' armed wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said of a possible prisoner exchange deal involving Shalit, "the ball is in the hands of the occupier. If they (Israel) are interested in a deal, they will have to agree to our terms."

  Hamas said Egypt is expected to resume its efforts to broker a prisoner swap between Israel and the Palestinian groups in Gaza.

On Tuesday Olmert met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the Sharm el-Sheikh resort on Tuesday afternoon, and received the latter's assurance that Cairo was exerting considerable efforts to free the Israeli soldier.

The two leaders met in private at the beachfront Club Royale for an hour before their respective entourages joined them.


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