Khalil Shahin, a Palestinian political opinionist said that all Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank considered this a positive step – twenty female prisoners were released in exchange for a one-minute video. He added that most likely a prideful exchange of prisoners will take place.
Israelis would pay any price to free its own captives. This is why Israeli prisoners are profitable for Hamas. When the captives are freed Hamas is given more credibility by the Zionist regime. This might cause Gaza to be freed. Khalid Mashal said: “Jerusalem will not be freed through diplomacy; rather it will be freed through resistance. The freeing of these prisoners is the result of Palestinian resistance.”
Ismael Haniyah, the legal Prime Minister of Palestine, said: “The freeing of these prisoners is a victory for the resistance and a result of the patience and resistance of the Palestinian nation.”