Skip to comments.Israel Releasing Palestinian Prisoners (429 prisoners)
Posted on 12/03/2007 1:46:24 AM PST by rawhide
KETZIOT PRISON CAMP, Israel (AP) - Israel on Monday began releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in a gesture meant to strengthen moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after the two sides' recent agreement to try to reach a peace deal.
The release of the 429 prisoners began a day after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel was not bound by the December 2008 target for the peace agreement set at last week's U.S.-hosted Mideast summit in Annapolis, Md.
At the Ketziot Prison Camp in the southern Negev Desert, dozens of prisoners lined up at dawn in a courtyard. Wardens and security agents sitting at tables checked names against a list, clamped handcuffs on the prisoners and put them on waiting buses that began setting off for crossings into the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The Israeli prison service said 408 Palestinians would be sent to the West Bank and 21 to Gaza.
Israel is holding about 9,000 Palestinian prisoners. Their release is a central Palestinian demand. Israel's move was aimed at shoring up Abbas in his struggle against the Hamas militant movement, which wrested control of the Gaza Strip in June.
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Israelis. maybe not as bright as previously thought
No, nothing new that I have read.
Ah, the ole “catch & release” program. Works good for fishing but not so good for murderous thugs.
Sometimes ya gotta think that Israel just keeps on begging for what it keeps on getting.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
How many Palis have the Israelis released before? Thousands! And what has it gotten them? Misery!
Wassamatter? They’re out of rope?