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Posted on 08/17/2008 5:35:35 PM PDT by forkinsocket
JERUSALEM (AFP) Israel's cabinet voted on Sunday to release about 200 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to president Mahmud Abbas aimed at bolstering slow-moving US-backed Middle East peace talks.
The August 25 release will coincide with a visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice aimed at encouraging the negotiations, which have shown little visible sign of progress since they were revived in November.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's spokesman Mark Regev called the move a "confidence-building measure" towards Abbas, adding: "We hope the release will help strengthen the peace process."
The list, which will be considered for final approval by a ministerial committee on Monday, will include at least two veteran prisoners implicated in deadly attacks on Israelis in the 1970s, a senior government official told AFP.
They will be a rare exception to Israel's general policy of not freeing those with "blood on their hands," but the official said the security establishment "believes the risk of the release is very low."
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Unbelievable. Are they going to give them bazookas as parting gifts, too ?
Thank you, Condi
This nonsense makes blood shoot out of my eyes!!!
Mr. Prime Minister: One day you will stand before G-D and have to account for your cowardice and/or treachery, for this is not an act of stupidity. Repent!
Miss Rice: I’ve personally visited your old church in Birmingham, AL—yes, the building bombed by another brand of terrorists when you were a little girl. They still preach there that the Bible is true. I suggest you read what it says about the importance of nations standing with Israel, come what may.
Ditto - on what you said!!!! I'm beginning to wonder about the water in Israel. Olmert has completely lost it. Where is Netanyahu, for cryin' out loud, or better yet the PEOPLE? Are they going nuts over this decision or at least demonstrating? How many times do they need to get duped and continue releasing murderers for repeat performances before realizing they can NEVER TRUST PALESTINIANS/ISLAMIST EXTREMISTS????? I'm outraged and think Olmert may soon be a Darwin Award nominee.
From the article:
“They will be a rare exception to Israel’s general policy of not freeing those with “blood on their hands,”
Rare as in “Just happened last month”
See POS scumbag Samir Kuntar, etc.
The Saudi bitch is out of office in 5 months! Why should Israel give a damn what she thinks?
“They will be a rare exception to Israel’s general policy of not freeing those with “blood on their hands,” but the official said the security establishment “believes the risk of the release is very low.””
Please define the meaning of “very low”. As in the released Palestinian Islamofascists will only kill a few hundred Jews as opposed to tens of thousands of them?!
pathetic wimpy behavior. bye bye olmert.
Thank you Israeli cabinet.
I’m not crazy about Savage but.....Liberalism is a mental disorder.
Can you please tell us what Abbas has done to earn a "goodwill gesture"?