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Lebanese politicians hail prisoner swap deal between Hamas, Israel

(Xinhua)

10:39, October 19, 2011

BEIRUT, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese officials from across the political spectrum described Tuesday a prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas as a victory for Palestinians against Israel's policy of aggression.

President Michel Sleiman said Israel should learn from the prisoner swap that its policy of aggression will fail and bring instability to the region.

Sleiman urged the resumption of negotiations based on the Madrid peace initiative and an end to the construction of Israeli settlements in order to reach a comprehensive and just peace in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Najbi Mikati said the release of prisoner should be regarded as both a humanitarian and political accomplishment.

"This is a political lesson that the policy of aggression adopted by Israel cannot last or achieve its objectives and Israel must eventually surrender to a just and righteous cause," Mikati said.

He added that Israel should accept a just and comprehensive peace plan based on international resolutions to allow for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

While Gaza was celebrating the release of prisoners, Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon saw crowds rally to celebrate the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

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