“Record the number 1111 on the resistance, Hamas and the Qassam Brigades,” a phrase that the movement’s leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya al-Sinwar said at the conclusion of an unprecedented visit by the head of the Egyptian intelligence service, Abbas Kamel, to the Strip. The families of the prisoners in the prisons of the Israeli occupation?
This phrase of the man with sharp features – who is close to 60 years old, spent about half of it as a captive in Israeli prisons – can be placed in the context of his overall practices in which he has challenged Israel since the recent war on Gaza stopped at the dawn of last May 21. Read also Why is Israel linking the truce and the reconstruction of Gaza to the return of its prisoners?Shuttle tours between Cairo, Jerusalem and Gaza .. Questions about the Egyptian goals The four wars against Gaza .. What are the preludes, events, and outcomes in terms of martyrs and wounded?The Gaza war… when the Israeli media is divided against itself
This mysterious figure is of particular importance to Farhana Al-Attar, wife of the prisoner Hussam Al-Attar, who has been detained in the occupation prisons since the first war on Gaza 2008-2009 on charges of belonging to the Brigades of the martyr Izz al-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
Since Farhana listened to Sinwar’s statement, she does not want to hear any explanation other than that the number 1111 indicates a close prisoner exchange deal.
Farhana told Al Jazeera Net, “This Sinwar… if he said an act and that a promise was fulfilled, he is aware of what the prisoners suffer in prisons, as he was a colleague of them before his liberation in the Shalit deal, and he tasted the bitterness of prison and knows that the hopes of many prisoners depend on an exchange deal.”
Al-Sinwar was released from the prisons of the occupation, in which he was serving a 4 life sentence, as part of the “Wafa Al-Ahrar” deal, popularly known as the “Shalit deal” in reference to the Israeli soldier captured by Hamas in 2006 and exchanged with Israel in exchange for more than a thousand prisoners.
Farhana does not hide that she is living in a state of joy and optimism more than ever, and feels that her husband, Hossam, who is sentenced to 18 years in prison, is about to embrace freedom. Abu Ibrahim (Yahya Sinwar), and we trust him.”
“Sinwar has previously promised us to whitewash prisons, and I am optimistic that he will achieve a close and honorable deal, and it may be in stages, and the first stage includes the release of 1111 prisoners of high sentences,” she added.
Farhana believes that “God, who gave us victory in the battle of the sword of Jerusalem, will complete our joy with the freedom of our prisoners in the occupation prisons.”
Wafa Al Ahrar 2
In turn, the writer specializing in the affairs of the resistance factions, Dr. Thabet Al-Amour, told Al-Jazeera Net that the most logical explanation is that this number is related to a possible and close exchange deal, and that Hamas will not accept less than this number of prisoners in order to complete the “Wafa Al-Ahrar 2” deal.
In Al-Amour’s opinion, Sinwar sent this statement a message to the mediators that Hamas is ready to conclude a quick deal, but within a framework that will not be less than the number he announced publicly and made a promise to the resistance with.
It is likely that Sinwar wanted to pre-empt any pressure that Hamas might or may have been subjected to in order to make any concession to push for the completion of the deal.
Al-Amor expected that this number would also be related to the number and quality of prisoners that Hamas insists on liberating in the context of an exchange deal that is likely to be close.
In “Wafa Al-Ahrar 1”, Israel refused to include in the deal the liberation of leaders in Palestinian factions, most notably a member of the Central Committee of the Fatah Movement Marwan Barghouti, and the Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Saadat, as well as those whom it describes as having “blood on their hands”, who are prisoners who were responsible for Carrying out or directing commando operations that killed Israelis.
Al-Amour said, “The resistance undoubtedly made remarkable achievements during the war, but when the war ends, other battles begin that require fighters in the field of politics and negotiations, no less fierce than those on the battlefield,” referring to what the indirect negotiations will be to accomplish a deal. exchange.
General framework of the deal
In turn, the writer and researcher in political affairs, Dr. Hassan Abdo, in his interview with Al-Jazeera Net, believes that the Sinwar number represents a framework for the “Wafa Al-Ahrar 2” deal, and his public pledge to this clear number was successful and inspires confidence and hope in the Palestinian street and creates a state of controversy for the occupation.
Abdo has his own analysis of this figure, which represents the minimum number of prisoners that Hamas demands to release, including the prisoners released in the “Wafa Al-Ahrar 1” deal, who were re-arrested by Israel.
In Abdo’s opinion, each party is currently trying to pressure the other as the prisoner exchange deal is nearing completion in order to achieve gains, and Al-Sinwar was clever when he released this number to reassure the captive movement that any future deal will not be less than the previous one.
“The resistance, according to Sinwar, expressed its willingness to engage in quick negotiations to ripen the deal, as well as define its general framework, and it is now up to Israel to pay the price,” he said.