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article imageSaudi prince offers $900,000 for kidnap of Israeli soldier

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 30, 2011 in World
Riyadh - Saudi royal Prince Khaled bin Talal, has pledged a contribution of $900,000 to a bounty of $100,000 a Saudi cleric offered for anyone who kidnaps an Israeli soldier. The prince announced his contribution after the cleric said he received death threats.
The Washington Post reports Prince Khaled bin Talal announced his contribution, which rounds the bounty offer up to $1 million, during a phone interview with Daleel Television. Prince Khaled bin Talal, brother of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, said in the phone interview:
"Dr Awad al-Qarni said he was offering $100,000 to only take a prisoner but they responded by offering $1 million to kill Awad al-Qarni...I tell Dr. Awad al-Qarni, I will be in solidarity with you and pay the remaining $900,000 to take an Israeli soldier prisoner so that other prisoners can be freed."
Ynetnews.com reports the Saudi cleric Dr. Awad al-Qarni, made the offer of $100,000 reward to anyone who kidnaps an Israeli soldier one week after the release of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, in exchange for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. The cleric, according to Reuters, had said on his Facebook page that, in making his offer, he was only retaliating a similar offer of reward an Israeli family had made for the killer of a member of the family. The family had made the offer after more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners were exchanged for a captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, earlier in the month.
Ynetnews.com reported that Hamas Politburo Chief Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, had commented soon after the successful Gilad Schalit deal:
"The pawn [the IDF soldier] has served its purpose. There is no doubt that the high number of prisoners released has strengthened the movement's position in Palestinian society as well as future trust in Hamas."
Following the swap of the Israeli soldier for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, head of Hamas' military wing Ahmed Jabari, said, in an interview, that Hamas will continue to abduct Israeli soldiers: "We will continue to abduct Israeli soldiers and officers as long as there are Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails."
The IDF, in its reaction to the threat , said its operational forum will develop a protocol for prevention of abduction of living soldiers.
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