Khalid Meshaal Claims Shalit Is Still Alive
Sky News: The leader of the radical Palestinian Hamas movement has told Sky News he is offering Israel a deal to attack only military targets and that an abducted Israeli soldier is alive.
In an exclusive interview in Damascus, Khalid Meshaal said he was renewing an offer first made to the Israelis 10 years ago.
"We renew our offer to Israel to let the civilians on both sides not be a part of this conflict," he said. "We renew this offer today."
Mr Meshaal, who is a target for Israeli assassination, said if Israel agreed it would not kill any Palestinian civilians then Hamas would only carry out attacks against Israeli military targets.
I would read the fine print. Define civilian. Define military target.
He also gave confirmation for the first time in almost a year that the Israeli soldier captured in 2006 and held in Gaza is alive.
"Gilad (Shalit) is alive and we are treating him well but Israel is treating the Palestinian prisoners they hold very badly."
I notice he offered no proof that Shalit is alive. I feel for the family. How tortured they must be.
Also during the interview, the Hamas leader appeared to question the opinion of the respected Holocaust historians.
"We don't deny the Holocaust, but we believe the Holocaust was exaggerated by the Zionist movement to whip people," he said.
Posted on 03/31/2008 7:12 AM by Rebecca Bynum