Hamas is ready to conduct an “urgent humanitarian prisoner exchange” to swap Israeli captive Hisham al-Sayed for the release of all sick Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, the Al-Mayadeen news agency reports.
Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanese television network, is widely seen as close to the Hezbollah and Hamas terror groups.
The reported Hamas demand is an apparent departure from the Islamist group’s classic approach to negotiating. Hamas has often demanded the release of prisoners for proof of life footage alone.
But today, Hamas released a video of al-Sayed without publicly demanding anything in exchange from Israel.
Israel would likely hesitate before agreeing to the reported Hamas condition for al-Sayed’s release.
The list of sick Palestinians includes many convicted of serious security offenses, including Nasser Abu Hmeid, a Palestinian prisoner with cancer who masterminded terror attacks during the Second Intifada.
Channel 12 speculates that there are likely dozens of sick Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.