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Palestinians Expect 2nd Prisoners Release in September

Hamdallah also called on the international community to push for an independent state based on the 1967 borders.
Palestinian Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah says September could bring yet another release of Palestinian prisoners, but they are not expected to be "heavyweights."

Palestinian Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah says September could bring yet another release of Palestinian prisoners, but they are not expected to be "heavyweights."
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Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Sunday that Israel could release more veteran Palestinian prisoners by the end of September, ma’an reported.

“It is possible that the second batch of pre-Oslo prisoners will be released before the end of this month,” Hamdallah said during a tour of Salfit, a Palestinian town in the Samarian highlands adjacent to the Israeli city of Ariel.

Israel has agreed to release a total of 104 prisoners, most of whom were jailed before the 1993 Oslo peace accords, in stages—depending on progress in the new peace talks.

The first batch of 26 prisoners was released on Aug. 14.

Hamdallah called on the international community to support Palestinian efforts in negotiations to help them achieve an independent state based on the 1967 borders.

The prisoners who were released in August were older, and some were sick. Several of that first group had been scheduled for release in the next few years anyway. The Palestinians expect that the second batch of prisoners being set free will be similar to the first. Only the last two groups, released in correlation with substantial success at the peace negotiations table, are expected to include “heavyweights,” meaninf prisoners who were convicted of atrocities against Jewish civilians.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Palestinians Expect 2nd Prisoners Release in September”

  1. These terrorists should never be released !!!

  2. These terrorists should never be released !!!

  3. Jenny Holcberg says:

    Just hearing the word prisoners who comitted atrocities, make me shudder.
    how could they possibly be mentioned to be freed.Who would be totaly insane to free such murderers, the victims blood is crying out.hear them they will get.
    out of their graves anf claim for jiustice.those who intend to free them must.
    be punished just to think about such absurd an inimaginable horror.

  4. Alan Kardon says:

    Why are we negotiating, releasing terrorist murderers and they are making decisions at the UN? What is the purpose of all this?

  5. No way, unstead to release the best is to hung up and release the dead body, netanyahu what are waiting for, send to the dead penalty.

  6. No one says how to release the prisoners, with live or dead, dead penalty for them Netanyahu.

  7. We should insist that they cease all incitement before we release any more terrorists

  8. The release of prisoners, a ridiculous idea to begin with, was based upon progress in the "peace" talks. Exactly what progress has the PA made?

  9. truthseekr says:

    Since we know there will be no agreement with the Arabs, as what they’re seeking is impossible, it might be all a sham just to get these prisoners released. There is no point in releasing prisoners and getting nothing in return. What a mistake to say we’ll talk for 9 months. Such a joke against us. The terrorist attacks are still being planned, all the more so because we’re sitting in negotiations & there is much opposition among the Arabs to “peace”. If they are plotting terror now, how much more so if given, G-d forbid, more land from which to attack us. We need to stop this farce now and release no new prisoners, plus we need to employ the death penalty for terrorists, If not the death penalty, we need to line the Arab prison cots with pigskin. Sounds crazy? It’s no crazier than sitting with an enemy to beg them to steal our land. That’s crazy!

  10. Yechiel Baum says:

    Will Pollard and the Israeli MIA's be returned to Israel? Otherwise, why bother!

  11. No more releases please.

  12. Paul Hatgil says:

    I have a good idea. Put all the Palestinian prisoners in those beautiful and exclusive high rise Israeli condos along the Med. The Iranians and other foes of Israel will not flatten them.

  13. Paul Hatgil says:

    The progress is that more than men, women and children are still in the Negav desert prisons.

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