No it can't be true. Or can it?
The horse of the US Adminstration in this race is M Abbas. If they think releasing Barghouti would aid Abbas in handling the extremists in Fatah and Hamas they really need some cerebral transplants at the State Dept.
Or haven't they noticed that there is an internal struggle within the Fatah movement? (Incompetence galore)
Anyway, could the President really afford to upset his core supporters yet again?
I doubt it, Israel has been adamently opposed to releasing Barghouti. The subject has been coming up for some time now. We may realize that Abbas isn't interested in exerting control, and that younger, more charasmatic terrorists may begin assuming power. But releasing one of the most popular from prison is a terrible idea. Imagine the message it sends. I doubt Pollard is important enough to Israel, he's not considered a true prisoner, to give in on this, though it could depend on what other pressure is brought to bear. And it would be popular in Israel.