Information Report (22): Shalit: From the "Dispelled Illusion" Operation till "Devotion of the Free" Deal

//Information Report (22): Shalit: From the "Dispelled Illusion" Operation till "Devotion of the Free" Deal

This report sheds light on an issue that has contributed to the release of more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners. It is the prisoner exchange operation between Hamas and Israel concluded in October 2011.

The report reviews the history of detaining prisoners, and points out the most prominent prisoner exchange operations that took place between the Palestinian resistance and Israel. It speaks about the “Dispelled Illusion” operation, during which Gilad Shalit was captured; and then it deals with the subject of indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas, mainly under Egyptian mediation.

It also talks about the prisoner exchange operation known as the “Devotion of the Free” Deal.

This is the 22nd report in the series of Information Reports, prepared by the  Information and Archives Department of al-Zaytouna Centre.

The aim of these reports is to shed light, in each one, on an important issue that is of interest to those who follow closely the issues of the Arab and Islamic region, in particular those related to the Palestinian problem. These periodical reports provide the readers, in a limited number of pages, with updated, documented and extensive information.


This report is available fully for free download on al-Zaytouna Centre’s Arabic Website. ( Download)


The Information Report series was launched by the Information Department of al-Zaytouna Centre in early 2008. It aims at providing periodical, informative, concise and well-documented information set on selected issues of concern on the Arab and Muslim World, specifically the Palestinian issue.



Title: Shalit: Min ‘Amaliyyat “al-Wahm al-Mutabaddid” ila Safaqat “Wafa’ al-Ahrar” (Shalit: From the “Dispelled Illusion” Operation till “Devotion of the Free” Deal)

Editor: Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh

Managing Editor: Rabi‘ al-Dannan

Published in: 2012 (1st edition)

Physical details: 78 pages, 14*21 cm, paperback

Price : 2 $

Source: Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, Beirut 3/4/2012

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Al-Zaytouna Centre conducts strategic and futuristic academic studies on the Arab and Muslim worlds. It focuses on the Palestinian issue and the conflict with Israel as well as related Palestinian, Arab, Islamic and international developments.

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Mohsen Moh’d Saleh, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Modern and Contemporary Arab History, the general manager of al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations, editor-in-chief of the annual Palestinian Strategic Report, former head of Department of History and Civilization at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), and former executive manager of Middle East Studies Centre in Amman.
He was granted the Bait al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) award for Young Muslims Scholars in 1997 and the Excellent Teaching Award (College level), given by IIUM in 2002. Dr. Mohsen is the author of 13 books and some of his books were translated into several languages. He contributed chapters to seven books. He is the editor/ co-editor of more than 30 books. Dr. Mohsen is the editor of electronic daily “Palestine Today,” which has so far published more than 3,777 issues. He has published many articles in refereed scholarly journals and magazines. He presented papers at innumerable academic local and international conferences and seminars. He is a frequent commentator on current issues on broadcasting media.