Skip to comments.Israel delays prisoner release due for Saturday night (4th and final group of terrorists under deal)
Posted on 03/28/2014 9:30:12 AM PDT by Dave346
Names of prisoners chosen for release must be made public for 48 hours, not including Shabbat, in order to allow appeals to the High Court.
Israel will not release a fourth batch of 26 Palestinian security prisoners Saturday night as stipulated under the framework deal that led to the renewal of negotiations last July.
The five-minister committee chaired by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that is empowered to choose which convicted terrorists will be released would need to have met on Wednesday to make a Saturday-night release possible.
The names must be made public 48 hours not including Shabbat prior to the prisoners going free in order to allow appeals to the High Court of Justice against the move.
No date for convening the committee was publicized.
The Prime Ministers Office remained silent about whether Netanyahu intended to go ahead with the release. One official cited Justice Minister Tzipi Livnis comment last week that there was never an automatic commitment to release prisoners unrelated to making progress in negotiations, and said that comment remained relevant.
Things are fluid, one official said, adding that this fluidity stemmed from Israels waiting to see if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who met with US Secretary of State John Kerry for four hours in Jordan Wednesday night would agree to continue the negotiations.
Netanyahu, however, could gain some political space if he decides to carry out the release, with the Likud's court postponing a key party conference originally scheduled for Monday night, until the end of May. This is significant for Netanyahu, because he did not want to go into the conference where Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is challenging his authority against the backdrop of the prisoner release.
By late May, the release will likely be long gone.
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Usually Israel releases a hundred murdering terrorists in return for empty promises of peace. This time they are releasing a hundred murdering terrorists in return for empty promises of negotiations about peace, not even empty promises of actual peace. I hope Israel's soldiers and police get tired of catch-and-release soon. The world has a surplus of terrorists, and reducing the numbers would be good.
I say they should be released out the back of a C-130 at about 50 feet. If the palies really want them, they can learn to catch.
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