PA Minimizing Prisoner Release

(Ha'aretz) Arnon Regular, Amos Harel and Baruch Kra - A senior IDF officer complained Wednesday that Arafat and Dahlan "did everything they could" to minimize the importance of Israel's release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. "The process repeats itself: What's already been given to the Palestinians is perceived as self-evident and they immediately move on to demand new gestures," said the source. The prisoners were videotaped as they signed a document vowing that they will not undertake illegal activities against Israel in the future. But Hamad al-Smairi, a freed member of Islamic Jihad, said he would feel no compulsion to abide by that promise. "I am a soldier of the Islamic Jihad and I will do whatever and be whatever the Islamic Jihad wishes," he said after arriving in the Gaza Strip.

2003-08-07 00:00:00

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