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Abbas: Israel avoiding prisoner release
Published Tuesday 25/03/2014 (updated) 26/03/2014 22:43
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KUWAIT (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday said that the Israeli government is trying to get out of releasing a fourth group of veteran Palestinian prisoners.

“The Israeli government is trying to dodge an agreement it had with the US administration to release pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners,” Abbas said in remarks to an Arab League summit in Kuwait.

He said Israel was responsible for not making progress in the negotiations.

“The Israeli government took every chance to foil the American efforts. This proves what we say about the lack of seriousness and preparedness of the Israeli government to withdraw and create peace.”

Abbas rejected partitioning the al-Aqsa mosque either physically or by imposing a schedule in which Jews and Muslims be able to worship separately.

“There is coordination with Jordan, which supports the Islamic endowments in Jerusalem, and Morocco which leads the al-Quds (Jerusalem) committee in order not to let that happen.”

Earlier Tuesday, Palestinian leaders threatened to renew their diplomatic push at the United Nations if Israel fails to free Palestinian prisoners as scheduled this weekend.

When US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace resumed in July, Abbas agreed that for their nine-month duration he would shelve efforts to use the UN's November 2012 recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer to press for membership in international bodies where it could fight Israeli occupation.

In exchange for the diplomatic ceasefire Israel was to release 104 Palestinians imprisoned since before the 1993 Oslo peace accords between the sides.

It has so far freed 78 with the final batch due for release on March 29.

"We shall turn to the UN's international organizations if Israel does not release the fourth and final group of prisoners," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee.

"The release of the prisoners is in return for the freeze on seeking membership in international organizations," he told official Voice of Palestine radio.

Israel wants the so-far inconclusive peace talks extended beyond their April 29 deadline and ministers have warned that should the Palestinians refuse, the remaining prisoners will not be freed.

"If Israel were to refuse to free the fourth batch it would have serious consequences, including initiatives at the United Nations," former Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayeh, said in a statement.

Israel particularly objects to the Palestinians' demand for Arab Israelis or Palestinian residents of Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem convicted of militant acts to be included in the release, even though both groups were included in a 2011 swap of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners for captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

A senior Palestinian official told AFP on the condition of anonymity that in recent talks with US special envoy Martin Indyk, Abbas warned that if the April 29 talks deadline was not met "Israel would be in violation of agreements and (the Palestinians) would have the right to turn to the UN and to take any measures it deems necessary."

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) Past And / Present Realities
25/03/2014 22:56
- The State of Israel avoided prisoner release of 78 murderers less than The Palestinian Authority avoided showing-up of peace talks, so now Israel has good reason for "avoiding prisoner release" of the worst, essentially mass-murderers, and now if they are to be released - The Palestinian Authority must do more than just promise to show-up !!!

2 ) Mel / USA
25/03/2014 23:01
"...is trying to get out of..."? That,coming from a'President' of an Israeli-proxy 'Good Arab'subservient faction,who only seems capable,himself, of "trying to get out of "going directly to ICC/ICJ/Hague to throw down ample proof of 70 yrs Zionist/Israeli war crimes,would be funny,were it NOT so tragic for MILLIONS of Palestinians persecuted at home,enclaved in Bantustans,or expelled to the diaspora!

3 ) Outlier / USA
25/03/2014 23:16
Mr. Abbas should offer a quid pro quo, a positive gesture to give Israel some sign it has a partner in peace. His tiresome act of demands encourages Israel to walk, as it has little to lose by doing so. Then the situation remains the same and the Palestinians will continue to lose ground, both figuratively and literally.

4 ) shirley / australia
26/03/2014 00:37
wow that abass big concern what about the war crime blockade off gaza that egypt is engaged in threats and intimidation the world outrage at the persecution of mb but thats right abass cheered it on join un bodies you fu fool unite with hamas what are you scared of hamas are a resistence movement us cannot stop it nor if they were genuine would they just like your right to join un bodiesall palestinian prisoners are prisoners of warits time to stop acting like gaza dosent exsist change course

5 ) Julie / USA
26/03/2014 01:24
"Abbas warned that if the April 29 talks deadline was not met "Israel would be in violation of agreements and (the Palestinians) would have the right to turn to the UN and to take any measures it deems necessary." "....Palestinians have had that right all along. that right is NOT based on prisoner release, it's their right regardless. abbas should go to the UN and take all measures necessary now, not wait to see if izrael will release the prisoners.

6 ) No Talks, No Peace, And / No State
26/03/2014 02:28
Conditioning further Peace Talks upon future Prisoner Releases probably means that THERE WILL BE no peace and NO STATE, which is endurable for Israel for at least another 65 years, but may Not be endurable for Palestinians for even 65 weeks, with international donations increasingly dwindling away or gone already.

7 ) Todd / Canada
26/03/2014 07:46
And mr Abbas is back at what he does best, blaming Israel. Does he realize how foolish he looks in the eyes of the world when he refuses to take responsibility for anything?

8 ) Now that the AMERICANS / announced they wil FREE
26/03/2014 08:49
POLARD all the Arabs prisoners will be released and The Western wall will be returned to the WAKF!

9 ) Israel is the (ONLY) HOMELAND / of the JEWS
26/03/2014 09:45
Until Abbas recognizes Israel as a Jewish state-- there cannot be end of conflict!

10 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
26/03/2014 09:59
No, the release of convicted murderers is in return for the Palestinians negotiating a peace treaty in good faith. Clearly, the Palestinians are not living up to their end of the bargain.

11 ) Reed / Palestine
26/03/2014 14:07
Israel has all the cards to plat the negotiations game. What does Nytaniaho wants Abbas to do? to get the Palestinian people out the country? to level Al Aqsa Mosque? Israel has stolen the land and has to give it back to it's original owners.

12 ) @ Reed-11 / USA
26/03/2014 20:48
1- Israel No More wants the "Palestinian people out the country", than Palestinians want the Jewish "people out the country".
2- If Israel wanted "to level Al Aqsa Mosque" it could have done so decades ago.
3- Individual Palestinian lands are rarely "stolen", if they have legal proof of ownership, and collectively a Palestinian state never existed, so it can not have been "stolen," and
4- The land's proveable "original owners" are Jews, so Palestinians "have to give it back" !!!!
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