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PA to discuss prisoner release
Published Sunday 30/03/2014 (updated) 01/04/2014 12:08
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian leadership will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss further steps if Israel does not release a fourth group of veteran prisoners, the undersecretary of PA’s ministry of detainees said.

Ziad Abu Ein told Ma’an that the meeting was called to discuss steps that could be taken in case Israel reneges on the deal to release the last group of 30 Palestinian prisoners.

He added that Israel did not officially inform Palestinian officials of its intent not to release the prisoners, but they have informed the US that they want to release the fourth group on the condition that negotiations are extended, and that the PA decides not to seek standing in international organizations.

Abu Ein added that there are proposal to release other prisoners but refused to elaborate, adding that President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to discuss anything until the prisoners are released.

Abu Ein ruled out the possibility of releasing the prisoners in the next two days, saying that their names need to be made public 48 hours before their release.

He said chief negotiator Saeb Erekat is having on-going discussion with the US ambassador on the issue.

Erekat said a day earlier that Abbas has been exerting all efforts to negotiate the release of the fourth group.

Israel "must release the fourth batch" of prisoners, held in Israeli jails since before the 1993 Oslo Accords, Erekat said Sunday.

The deal at the beginning of the negotiations was for Israel to release 104 veteran prisoners in exchange for the PLO's pledge not to attempt a statehood bid at the UN or other international bodies, Erekat reiterated.

He said the PLO was involved in "sensitive talks" with the US and the Israel, but that he could not reveal details.

Israel was scheduled to release the final group of prisoners on Saturday, but did not.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that debate with the PLO over the prisoner release could go on for "a number of days," the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post reported on its website.

Netanyahu said at a meeting with members of his right-wing Likud party that prisoners would not be freed "without a clear benefit for Israel in return," the report said.

So far, 78 of a total of 104 veteran Palestinian prisoners have been freed in three separate tranches.
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1 ) Endure Or Surrender / No Freedom & No State
31/03/2014 00:53
THE PA SHOULD "discuss prisoner release" and Palestine's creation, and -1- REALIZE THAT RECOGNITION OF A JEWISH STATE IS THE ONLY ROUTE TO THE PRISONER'S FREEDOM, just like -2- SURRENDER of other PLO demands (E. Jerusalem & 1967 lines) IS THE ONLY ROUTE TO PALESTINE'S CREATION.

2 ) SHIRLEY / AUSTRALIA
31/03/2014 01:30
ANOTHER USELESS CHAT ATHON

3 ) @ The Discussion / Israel MP Bennet
31/03/2014 02:28
If Israel's (prisoner release) refusal means Abbas will “go to the UN,” so be it. “Let him do it already. We will know how to deal with it. If he wants to establish the Palestinian state as a viable one he will have a lot of problems. He doesn't even have borders, let alone security, government, or independent rule. If it doesn't look like a state and doesn't sound like a state, it is NOT a state, regardless of what they will say in the UN."

4 ) Wissam / Palestine
31/03/2014 09:22
#1 Palestine is already created and a state according to the UNGA and soon the UNSC. Go back to Poland and Russia, and leave us in peace. We were just fine before Zionism.

5 ) marijke / holland
31/03/2014 09:43
1) Palestine's creation????? Palestine existed before they were cicked out of their homes in the Nakba which began in 1947.

6 ) Outlier / USA
31/03/2014 18:33
3,4, Really? Then show me the money! Among other indicators, no legal tinder issued by Palestine means no true Palestine state.

7 ) @ Wissam-4 / USA
01/04/2014 05:32
1- Probably Never will Palestine be "created into a state the UNSC", and 2- Definitely Never will Jews "Go back to Poland and Russia", and 3- You will Never be "just fine" again, unless you reach a negotiated peace agreement with the Jewish State of Israel, which 4- Definitely means surrendering E. Jerusalem, 1967 lines, and refugee return, and if you can't do that, then 5- Now is as "just fine" as "Palestine" will ever become !!!!!

8 ) @ Marijke-5 / TRUTH
01/04/2014 05:44
- After the 1967 "Naksa, Palestine" was under Israel's Sovereignty. - After the 1948 "Nakba, Palestine" was under Jordan's Sovereignty. - Before the "Nakba, Palestine" was under Great Britian's Sovereignty, and - Before that it belonged to the Ottoman Empire for 500 years, so ** OBVIOUSLY, PALESTINE NEVER "EXISTED BEFORE" as a state, AND IT PROBABLY NEVER WILL EXIST AS A STATE Either, because its leaders are unable to make the required compromises !!!!!
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