Skip to comments.Concession to PA Prisoners A 'Gesture' to Abbas
Posted on 05/14/2012 2:10:16 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
The deal that ended the hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinian Authority prisoners in Israel is a goodwill gesture to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the Prime Minister's Office says.
Speaking for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, spokesman Mark Regev on Monday night called the deal brokered by Egyptian mediators a confidence-building gesture.
The hunger strike by some 1,600 PA Arab prisoners in Israeli jails had lasted more than 40 days and in the case of a few prisoners, past 70 days.
Israeli security officials and representatives of PA terrorist organizations agreed to the deal after a meeting Monday at a prison in Ashkelon and, said Regev, a request from Abbas.
The request was one among a list of other issues that were sent to Netanyahu in an exchange of letters between the two leaders over the weekend.
"It is our hope that this gesture by Israel will serve to build confidence between the parties and advance peace, Regev said.
A second issue discussed between the two men was the transfer of 100 bodies of PA Arab terrorists currently buried in Israel.
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Among the concessions made by Israel was an agreement to stop placing prisoners in solitary confinement. In addition, Israel agreed to allow prisoners to call relatives, to pursue academic studies, and to allow prisoners from Gaza as well as from Judea and Samaria to receive visits from family members.
Has Netanyahu gone mad?
A gesture I made at a bus driver who wouldn’t stop for me yesterday would have been more appropriate.
No, just relaxing and being himself, now that he doesn’t need those pesky right wingers to stay in power.
When do the Pali’s make their gesture?
Did Abbas compromise on something?
Maybe he promised to help prevent terrorism, too. He’ll air Smoky the Bear ads on Pali TV, or something.
I know all the previous goodwill gestures have worked great(S)
Remember, kids. Only you can prevent terrorism. If you see a suicide vest, don’t strap it on, go into a crowded area full of Jooos! and detonate yourself. I don’t care how many virgins you’ll get. It’s terrorism, and that’s a bad thing for now. OK?
Palestinians hailed the prisoner agreement as a triumph, with both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority taking credit for the achievement.
In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate the victory of the prisoners.
A small group of Palestinians in east Jerusalem also took to the streets to celebrate the agreement. Some of them chanted slogans calling for the abduction of IDF soldiers, to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners.
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