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Hamas Wish List of Prisoners Includes Terror Masterminds of Second Intifada

Hamas is expected to demand the release of several high-profile terrorists, all of whom are serving multiple life sentences in Israeli prisons, as part of a potential truce and hostage release deal with Israel, according to a TV report aired Sunday, February 4.

Israeli media reported that the list includes names of terrorists behind some of the biggest terror attacks in Israel during the Second Intifada between 2000 and 2005 like Abdullah Barghouti, Abbas Al-Sayed, Ibrahim Hamed, Ahmad Saadat, and Muhammad Arman.

Hamas is seeking the release of the top terrorists as part of a new brewing agreement that could free the remaining hostages in Gaza who were abducted on October 7.

Meanwhile, an Israeli news outlet has reported that Hamas's contact with Sinwar was cut off more than ten days ago and that the Hamas leadership has been making decisions without him since. Sources in the security establishment said that contact with the Hamas leader has not only been cut off from his organization’s members but also from the mediators in the hostage negotiations.

Further, American media reported on Thursday, citing six Israeli officials and senior advisers, that Israel will allow the exile of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar from the Gaza Strip in exchange for the release of all remaining 136 hostages. “We will allow it to happen as long as all of the hostages are released,” a senior adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was cited as saying. (TOI / VFI News)

“Lord, we ask that You guide our leaders into making the best decisions for the welfare of all Israelis. We pray that You prevent dangerous and well-connected terrorists from being released into society and subsequently start a new wave of terrorism in our land. We ask that the terrorist organizations currently operating in Israel be immediately dismantled.”