Israel thought it captured senior Hamas officials in the West Bank, but the 32 legislators and ministers arrested last week by the Israel Defense Forces denied in interrogation that they belong to the Hamas movement.
According to the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat, when Hamas members were asked about their affiliations they said they were elected on an independent list called The List for Change and Reform and that they do not belong to Hamas.
The claim was made by all 32 arrested members in coordination with their lawyer Attorney Jawad Boulous.
The newspaper added and reported that Israeli interrogators were not particularly impressed of this version and engaged in political discussions with their detainees. The parties discussed the possibility of Hamas joining a political