A "game changer" in the Middle East
Within days Israel is rumored to complete its long standing negotiations with HAMAS over a prisoner exchange. In return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier the al-Qassam Brigades kidnapped while the Israeli army invaded Gaza in 2006, Israel is said to agree to release 980 Palestinian political prisoners. Toufic Haddad, Palestinian-American journalist based in Jerusalem, speaks to Lia Tarachansky about the significance of this exchange. He says among the released, Israel may free Ahmad Sa’adat (Saadat) and Marwan Barghouti, popular leaders whose freedom will change the political game in the Palestinian leadership.
Toufic Haddad, co-author of Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S. War on Terror, and Palestine correspondent for The Faster Times speaks in Jerusalem to Lia Tarachansky of The Real News about Israel’s "settlement freeze." He says that accepting Israeli Prime Minister’s offer to enter negotiations simply because of this partial and temporary move would be political suicide for the Palestinian Authority. He speak of the future of Palestinian politics and the death of the "peace process."