Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon on Saturday called on fellow Likud ministers to vote against the release of Palestinian security prisoners as a gesture to the Palestinain Authority ahead of the renewal of peace talks.
In a letter addressed to Likud ministers, Danon wrote, "This sets a future standard for Israel of far-reaching compromises in the face of ridiculous requests from the other side."
Danon added, "I call on you to vote against releasing prisoners, but in favor of negotiations without pre-conditions."
The deputy defense minister stated that there is a "consensus" among Likud members against "the crazy release of dozens of terrorists with the blood of hundreds of Israelis on their hands."
Danon ended his letter with a call for the release of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from prison in the United States.