The spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Hazem Qassem said that the Israeli occupation army did not think about the ground invasion of the Gaza Strip due to its fear that its soldiers would fall captured by the Al-Qassam Brigades.
Qassem added during an interview, yesterday, Monday, with the “Al-Masiya” program on Al-Jazeera Mubasher, “which prevented the occupation from thinking of a ground invasion of Gaza, which it met when it entered the outskirts of Gaza in the 2014 aggression, in addition to the losses and prisoners of its soldiers who fell in the grip of soldiers Qassam.
The Hamas spokesman cited the statement of the commander-in-chief of the Al-Qassam Brigades that the ground invasion “will be an opportunity to capture more soldiers and hope for the prisoners in the occupation’s prisons with the possibility of liberating them through exchange deals.”
In a related context, Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, said yesterday, Monday, that there is a “real opportunity to achieve progress in the prisoner exchange file” with the Israeli occupation.
In a press statement after his meeting with Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel in Gaza, Sinwar expressed his movement’s readiness to enter into urgent and quick negotiations to complete the exchange file.
For his part, the deputy head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Khalil al-Hayya, refused to link the prisoner exchange file with Israel to the files of reconstruction and truce, stressing that Egypt understands their position in this regard.
He added, “The prisoner exchange file is independent of all files and we do not accept linking it to them. We have come a long way in the meetings before the aggression, but the occupation is not yet serious (in concluding an exchange deal) and if it is serious, we can proceed with it quickly.”