Concession to PA Prisoners A ´Gesture´ to Abbas (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 05/14/12)
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The deal that ended the hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinian
Authority prisoners in Israel is a goodwill gesture to PA Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas, the Prime Minister´s Office says.
Speaking for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, spokesman Mark Regev
on Monday night called the deal brokered by Egyptian mediators a
The hunger strike by some 1,600 PA Arab prisoners in Israeli jails
had lasted more than 40 days – and in the case of a few prisoners,
past 70 days.
Israeli security officials and representatives of PA terrorist
organizations agreed to the deal after a meeting Monday at a prison
in Ashkelon – and, said Regev, a request from Abbas.
The request was one among a list of other issues that were sent to
Netanyahu in an exchange of letters between the two leaders over the
"It is our hope that this gesture by Israel will serve to build
confidence between the parties and advance peace,” Regev said.
A second issue discussed between the two men was the transfer of 100
bodies of PA Arab terrorists currently buried in Israel.
Netanyahu envoy Yitzchak Molcho conveyed a request by Abbas Saturday
night to have the bodies transferred from Israel to Ramallah for
interment in PA-controlled territory.
On Monday evening, the Netanyahu administration instructed security
officials to prepare to transfer the bodies to the PA in another
apparent gesture of conciliation to Abbas. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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