Archive for Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Israel to release Palestinian prisoners

June 26, 2007

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— Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday he will release 250 Fatah members from Israeli prisons in a goodwill gesture aimed at strengthening Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas' victory in Gaza.

Olmert announced the prisoner release at a summit with Abbas and the leaders of Egypt and Jordan that the Arabs and Palestinians are hoping can push forward the peace process and strengthen Abbas' hand.

"As a gesture of good will toward the Palestinians, I will bring before the Israeli Cabinet a proposal to free 250 Fatah prisoners who do not have blood on their hands, after they sign a commitment not to return to violence," Olmert told the gathering.

In his speech, Olmert also promised to "improve freedom of movement of the Palestinian population in the West Bank substantially" and reopen trade ties with the territory, saying he wanted to show the Palestinians that "choosing the path of no terror or violence, the way of peace and dialogue, will bring a better, more comfortable, more peaceful life."

The bloody conflict between Abbas' Fatah movement and Hamas has effectively split the Palestinians between a Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and a West Bank run by Western-backed Abbas' emergency government. The Arabs and Palestinians are pressing Israel to quickly snap up the opportunity to make peace progress with Abbas to boost his legitimacy and swing Palestinians' support his way.

Comments

scamartist911 7 years, 9 months ago

Oh! Release Fatah prisoners (A whopping 2% of the Palestinian people VOTED FOR Fatah... lol) -- Why not release the over 400 CHILDREN and over 500 WOMEN held in Israeli (sex)Prisons / dungeons????? [over 11,000 prisoners held with no charges] -- If Israel really cares to show good gestures, why not STOP BUILDING ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS and stealing land???? WHY NOT OBEY INTERNATIONAL LAW?? (The root problem...)

scamartist911 7 years, 9 months ago

The Palestinian people voted for HAMAS in Jan 2006 because they were fed up with corruption from Fatah - like they were fed up with Arafat's corruption - because those 2 served to police the Palestinian people and helped Israel in implementing their policies of occupation and accepting their life's in giant prisons. HAMAS would and do not stand for that, and that is why they won the election. (Fatah is a US / Israeli puppet regime that periodically bends to Israels wills while the illegal settlements expand and the apartheid system kept in place)

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