Defense Minister Amir Peretz on Monday said he supports the release of some Palestinian prisoners, even without a deal on the return of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
"Every year, there has been a humanitarian release of prisoners" around the Christmas and Eid al-Adha holidays, Peretz said.
He said the government should carry out a similar goodwill gesture this year.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday urged the cabinet to consider a prisoner release, backing away from his earlier insistence that Shalit be released first.
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