Prisoner Release a Confidence-Building Measure

[Ministry of Foreign Affairs] Through this latest confidence-building measure, Israel seeks to intensify its continued dialogue with partners who are both committed to negotiations and diplomacy and opposed to terrorism. None of the prisoners have blood on their hands, and all belong to factions that support the PA and its leadership. Israel is sending a message that political achievements can be attained only through negotiations, and that the pursuit of terrorism will achieve nothing. To date, approximately 1,000 prisoners who support the PA and its leadership have been released. It should not be forgotten that these prisoners have been convicted of participation in terror attacks against Israeli citizens. This policy reflects the priority given by the Israel government to making peace with pragmatic Palestinians.

2008-12-16 08:00:00

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