Shalit Deal Prisoner List Shows All Those to Be Freed Have Some Blood on Hands

Hamas list, which Israel has not officially confirmed, includes Sami, Karim and Maher Younis, who were sentenced to death but their sentence was commuted.

All 450 prisoners appearing on the Hamas list of those to be freed in exchange for Gilad Shalit were directly involved in terrorist attacks.

The list, which Israel has not officially confirmed, identifies each prisoner - his ID number and date of birth, where he is from, when he was arrested and where he is to go.


According to the list, all prisoners who have been held since before the Oslo Accords will be released. The list also includes senior Hamas officials like Yihia Sanwar, whom Israel had previously insisted stay in prison.

Also on the list are Sami, Karim and Maher Younis, who had murdered the soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980. The three were sentenced to death but their sentence was commuted.

Several murderers on the list were members of local organizations, but had no know-how in operating explosive charges or carrying out strategic attacks. Many of them took part in shooting or stabbing attacks during the second intifada.

The list includes relatively junior operatives from among those who had carried out the major terror attacks during the past two decades. The prisoners to be released took part in gathering intelligence, enlisting suicide bombers, transporting suicide bombers and other such roles.

These include Nasser Yatima, who played a minor role in the team that carried out the Passover attack on the Park Hotel in Netanya and Walid Anjes, who assisted the Hamas unit that hit major targets such as Hebrew University, the Sheffield Club in Rishon Letzion and Cafe Moment in Jerusalem, killing dozens.

Would-be suicide bombers who failed to carry out their mission and activists who took part in failed shooting attacks will also be freed.

One of them is Mahmoud Demra, a senior operative who took part in several botched shooting attacks, who was arrested five years ago.

The list does not include include Hamas officials who dealt with financial matters, enlisting members, politicians or who had assisted terror attacks.

Some 270 administrative detainees are jailed in Israel today, some of them senior Hamas officials.

The list shows that ultimately Hamas compromised and did not include the elite group of operatives who planned terror attacks and those skilled in explosives.

In addition to Fatah leaders Abdullah Barghouti, Marwan Barghouti, Ahmed Saadat and Ibrahim Hamed, who will stay in prison, Islamic Jihad operatives who were responsible for the Beit Lid terrorist attack will also remain in prison. So will Bilal Barghouti, who planned the attack on Sbarro Restaurant in Jerusalem.

Some 40 prisoners will be deported to Turkey for a few years, diplomatic sources said.

The Turkish newspapers Radikal and Hurriyet also reported about the talks to transfer some of the released prisoners to Turkey.

In the past six months, despite the tension between the two states, the Israeli envoy David Meidan met senior Turkish intelligence officials, who offered to assist in the talks with Hamas.

Turkey even volunteered to lead the talks, but Israel made it clear the Egyptians were to mediate the deal. The Turks continued helping to exert pressure on Hamas and agreed to take in some Hamas operatives who would be deported as part of the deal.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu commended the deal to free Shalit on Wednesday, saying Turkey had been involved in the moves that led to sealing the agreement.

"We made our contribution on different levels and various stages," he said. "Hamas briefed us on the deal shortly before it was signed."

President Shimon Peres praised Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his country's assistance.

"I must say I had a pleasant surprise," Peres said about Turkey's position in the talks, during a meeting with Meidan. "Despite our differences they put it all aside and decided to opt for the humanitarian aspect over the political."

"I was told it was done at the order of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, who instructed his intelligence services to work with us," he said.

The exchange will mark first time since 1985 that Israel has agreed to release security prisoners who are Israeli citizens. According to the details that have been released so far, six Israeli Arab prisoners are to be released, in addition to 14 from East Jerusalem.

Altogether, 132 security prisoners jailed in Israel are Israeli civilians - 2 of them have been in prison since before the Oslo agreement.

In 1982, nine Israeli Arab prisoners were freed as part of a prisoner swap, and in 1985, 41 Israeli Arab prisoners were freed in the Jibril deal.

Munir Mansour, a senior operative who was freed in 1985, said the Shalit deal is a great joy to the prisoners and their families.

However, he said "it's regrettable Israel insisted not to free them for five years. That was one of the reasons for delaying the deal. It would have been better to commute their sentence, so that most of them could be freed regardless of the deal," he said.