Meshaal: Israel violated October 2011 agreement to end solitary confinement and isolation

Khaled Meshaal, Hamas leader, on Monday denounced the Israeli state for ignoring its commitments and agreements in the October 2011 prisoner exchange. Meshaal said that “the occupation reneged on its commitments in the agreement…on improving the conditions of prisoners and an end to isolation,” an agreement made through the auspices of Egypt. Meshaal is in Cairo meeting with Egyptian officials about the prisoners’ struggle, calling for Arab, regional and international pressure on Israel to end the policy of isolation against the prisoners.

The Palestinian Information Centre reported: Political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal discussed with Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi and Egyptian foreign minister Mohammed Omar Palestinian reconciliation and the issue of Palestinian prisoners.

Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq told the PIC that the discussions in the two meetings on Sunday tackled the issue of the Palestinian prisoners, who are on hunger strike in Israeli jails, and the importance of supporting their cause.

The discussion also tackled Palestinian reconciliation and the importance of expediting the formation of the Palestinian government according to the Doha declaration.

Mishaal, who is visiting Cairo at the head of an official delegation, hoped that Egypt would assume its role in obliging Israel to abide by its commitments according to the Egyptian-brokered prisoners’ exchange deal.