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Concession to PA Prisoners A ´Gesture´ to Abbas (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/14/12) Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155809#.T7HaHOiO2So
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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.
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Speaking for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, spokesman Mark Regev on Monday night called the deal brokered by Egyptian mediators a confidence-building gesture.
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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.
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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.
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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 weekend.
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"It is our hope that this gesture by Israel will serve to build confidence between the parties and advance peace,” Regev said.
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A second issue discussed between the two men was the transfer of 100 bodies of PA Arab terrorists currently buried in Israel.
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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.
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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 05/14/12)
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