Mideast prisoner swap underway, but details are murky
U.S. officials expressed disappointment Thursday over a key detail in the administration’s plan for an Arab-Israeli prisoner swap.
An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan was secret, said that the administration wants to swap U.S. citizen Saad Hariri and convicted Iraqi war criminal Hussein al-Hakim, who was executed on Thursday, for Palestinian Authority prisoners.
The official said that the Obama administration will provide details about the exchange, and that the administration expects to receive confirmation of the deal from the Palestinian authority later this week.
The official also said that the swap, if finalized, would be far more elaborate than the three months’ time limit for negotiations to prepare the details.
Israel, which seized the West Bank in a 1967 war, has been demanding an immediate Arab-Israeli prisoner swap, as did the Palestinian Authority’s Palestinian Legislative Council.
Palestinian P카지노 사이트resident Mahmoud Abbas said he wants the Arab and Western governments to make the agreement public, although he said Thursday인터넷 바카라 that the Palestinian Authority won’t negotiate with Israel over such talks.
The American official told The Associated Press that the American government will also provide some details about the swap, in hopes that Palestinian and Arab officials will be more open to negotiations after a few days of work.
While the U.S. has maintained a low profile regarding the Arab prisoner swap, the announcement has been met with outrage by Arab diplomats in Washington, according to some in the region.
Yacov Bar-Yosef, a senior Palestinian adviser in Washington and head of the political bureau of Hamas’ Gaza-based security unit, said the U.S. will be seen수원출장안마 as a «bad actor,» even by Palestinian officials. He also said that the Palestinian Authority had hoped for a prisoner swap. «They were hoping to get Israel on board early to let the Palestinian side know what Israel was trying to do…. It’s going to be difficult because Israel is not going to give the U.S. the kind of diplomatic cover to do it,» Bar-Yosef said.
A senior U.S. official said the Obama administration’s swap of Alhariri and Hariri «is being discussed to try to facilitate the political process and the end of the war and to let the process develop.»
«If it’s the right agreement, it’s a very, very good agreement. I am confident that if the agreement turns out to be the right deal an