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Erekat: Prisoners to be released in 4 stages
Published Saturday 03/08/2013 (updated) 06/08/2013 16:55
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Long-serving Palestinian prisoners will be released in four stages by Israel, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Saturday.

The first stage will see 26 prisoners released on August 13, the PLO official told Ma'an. Israel refused to release all detainees at the same time, he added.

The Palestinian leadership has informed Israel and the United States that all final status issues must be put on the negotiating table, including Jerusalem, refugees, water and settlements, Erekat said.

The prisoner release was approved by Israel's cabinet last week and will see 104 veteran Palestinian and Israeli-Palestinian prisoners freed.

Last week, the Palestinian Prisoners Society published a list of detainees expected to be freed as part of the deal.

Israel says the release is a gesture as the two sides agreed to meet to pave the way for their first direct talks in three years.

The next round of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will take place in the region during the second week of August, Israel's negotiator Tzipi Livni, said Saturday.

On Wednesday, Livni said she was "encouraged" by the first round of direct peace talks with the Palestinians held in Washington at the start of this week after months of dogged US diplomacy ended a three-year hiatus.

All major Palestinian political factions, with the exception of Fatah, have rallied against a return to negotiations.

The last direct talks between the two parties collapsed in September 2010 amid continued illegal Israeli settlement building.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
03/08/2013 18:34
the 4 stages are:
90% wreck depending on 100% care
1/2 dead
near dead
brain dead

2 ) Two Wills / One May
03/08/2013 18:46
"If Palestinian discussions are not serious*, then Israel will know this within a month," and Two or Three Things will happen: 1- No more of the 104 prisoners WILL be released, after the first 26. 2- Palestine WILL continue to stagnate while Israel grows/builds, and 3- Palestine MAY start a Third Intifada, so Israel will crackdown, as hard as Palestinian make necessary to protect Jewish civilians !!! * Surrendering Jerusalem & refugee return claims, Ending the Conflict with Israel, etc.

3 ) Alex / USA
03/08/2013 18:52
OK, Israel will release Palestinian murderers. Now, what PLO will do in equal reponse?

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
03/08/2013 20:38
Setting a bomb in a refrigerator that blows up and kills 15 innocent civilians is a war crime. It is pure terrorism carried out by Palestinians. If any of you think it is "resistance" that is "legitimate" - then you obviously would not object to a refrigerator bomb being placed in the center of Brisbane (to liberate it for the Aborigines) or San Francisco (to liberate it for native Americans) or Ramallah. The foreign pro-Palestinian supporters are disgusting in their support for war crimes.

5 ) boil / Romania
03/08/2013 21:52
@3 those Juice always with their, ''now gimme something in return for the prisoners''. The Israelis will be asking for peace & recognition of a state for the Jewish people in return next.

6 ) steven / usa
03/08/2013 21:54
@ 1-these people didn't throw rocks, they killed people. women and children. on purpose. targeting them specifically

7 ) alexis / usa
03/08/2013 21:55
Israel is releasing them for nothing. just the promise to talk. besides what happens if they actually agree to stuff. what about hamas?

8 ) southparkbear / usa
04/08/2013 01:29
alex they will be sent to do community work in yarmuk syria

9 ) @ Alex-3 / USA too
04/08/2013 02:25
- The PLO will talk, and probably not even accept calling it negotiations. - The "PLO will try to do" the minimum so that prisoner releases continue, and try to have a way to undo their minimum after prisoners are free, but - Israel will neither accept the PLO's minimum, - nor will Israel accept a PLO way to rescind ending the conflict, so - Probably the releases will stop after the 1st stage, and - The PLO will break-off talks, and claim 26 victories !!!!

10 ) @ USA too #9 / Both Sides
04/08/2013 18:34
These wolves will not be able to act like sheep very long, and as before many of those released will shortly break the terms of their release, by re-associating themselves with murdering, terrorist, militants. As a result Israel will re-arrest them, or kill them if they resist, and Then Both Sides will claim victories !!!!
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