As Palestinians celebrate the return of a wave of men and women following the-thousand-for-one prisoner exchange with Israel, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, addressed crowds and welcomed the 477 who have been returned already. He said that he is also in talks for more to join them.
“I would not be divulging a secret if I was to say that there is an agreement between us and the Israeli government that there will be another wave of releases similar to this one. And we ask them to honour this agreement, if they honour agreements.”
As it was Hamas and not the Palestinian president who had organised the release of the prisoners, Mahmoud Abbas was perhaps trying to save face in making the promise, but no matter who is responsible, it is clearly a day of great celebration in for his people.