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Palestinian Report an Israeli Offer To Release Marwan Barghouti

Marwan Barghouti. CC/BDalim

On Dec. 25, the Arabic [Ultra Palestine news site reported](https://Ultra that Israel offered, in talks with Qatari mediators on a ceasefire or truce deal, to release Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti and Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) head Ahmed Saadat. Ultra Palestine’s source was identified as a PFLP official of international relations Maher Al-Taher, who has been involved in the ongoing negotiations.

Al-Taher revealed to Ultra Palestine on Dec. 25 that the Israeli negotiator presented the seven-point proposal four days earlier and through the Qatari mediator, but the resistance factions rejected the proposal because it does not stipulate both halting aggression against the Gaza Strip and the release of all Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. He reported that the Israeli offer were comprised of:

“First: a two-week calm, which can be extended for more days.

“Second: A deal to exchange ‘civilian’ prisoners held by the resistance in Gaza with female captive soldiers, in exchange for a number of Palestinian prisoners to be agreed upon later.

“Third: Israeli withdrawal from the cities of the Gaza Strip, and maintaining a barrier separating the north of the Strip from its south, with a security belt in the northern areas.

“Fourth: Introducing relief aid in an unspecified manner.

“Fifth: The return of the population to the northern Gaza Strip and allowing relief and humanitarian institutions to set up tents and provide services.

“Sixth: The release of key fighters, including the Secretary-General of the Popular Front, Ahmed Saadat, and a member of the Fatah Central Committee, Marwan Barghouti.

“Seventh: Preparing for the second stage, negotiating for all the prisoners, and withdrawing from Gaza later,” wrote Ultra Palestine.

The Israeli proposal, as described, also indicated that the United States does not oppose Hamas’s participation with others in managing the Gaza Strip after the war, but refuses to let it remain in control.

Al-Taher revealed that a delegation from the Popular Front is expected to visit Egypt in the coming days to discuss Qatari and Egyptian efforts aimed at stopping the aggression against Gaza, and that the position is unified among the resistance factions on the aforementioned points.

If the story is true, it would represent significant concessions. So far, while the story has been noted on an Israeli blog and an [Israeli radio/TV news site](, there has been no comment from any official Israeli source.