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The Defense Ministry is drafting a comprehensive list of confidence-building
measures that it anticipates it will be asked to implement after Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu returns to Israel on Friday from his meeting with US
President Barack Obama, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
It has not been
decided if the measures will be taken only following an announcement on the
opening of direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, which Netanyahu
has said will likely begin in the coming weeks, or will be initiated sooner, as
part of an Israeli and American effort to get the PA to sit down at the
Gestures may include releasing prisoners, lifting roadblocks, security transfer to PA
The gestures under consideration include the release
of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, the lifting of IDF
the West Bank and the transfer of security authority over Palestinian
the West Bank to PA security forces.
On Monday, Defense Minister Ehud
Barak met with PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Jerusalem, in the first
high-level meeting between top officials from the sides in about a
A senior defense official said that Fayyad urged Barak to move
forward with the confidence-building measures and to include an Israeli
commitment not to deport Hamas legislators from Jerusalem.
Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Legislative Council members currently face
expulsion from Jerusalem. One of them, Muhammad Abu Tir, is in police
for refusing to leave the city in late June, shortly after he was
jail after serving close to four years.