Sharon weighing gestures to Abbas

PM: Israel will not release Palestinian prisoners with "blood on their hands."

October 8, 2005 03:23
3 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Israel will not release Palestinian prisoners with "blood on their hands" to prop up Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, because this would also boost the terrorist organizations, senior diplomatic officials said Thursday as preparations were under way for next week's planned meeting between Abbas and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Sharon's top aide, Dov Weisglass, and PA negotiator Saeb Erekat are slated to meet Friday to prepare for the summit, the first since June 21. Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israel Radio that although Israel was willing to make gestures toward Abbas, this did not include releasing prisoners with blood on their hands. "Any gesture on our part which could ease the daily life of the Palestinians without endangering our security may be considered," Olmert said. "Mr. Abbas cannot, however, hope that prisoners with Israeli blood on their hands will be released." Olmert made reference to easing transportation in the West Bank by lifting army roadblocks and granting additional work permits for Palestinians to work inside Israel as possible gestures. A senior official in the Prime Minister's Office said Abbas was in need of a concrete plan of action against the terrorist organizations when he goes to meet US President George W. Bush on October 20. To take these steps, however, he would also need something from Sharon so that he can show his people that he is improving their lot, the official added. "Our challenge," he said, "is to find the right measures that benefit the Palestinian people, but do not the support the terrorists." Among the likely steps are easing work restrictions inside Israel, lifting roadblocks in the West Bank and declaring in principle a willingness to transfer control of the major West Bank cities to the PA. The official dismissed as "meant for internal Palestinian consumption" remarks Abbas made Thursday that he would demand of Sharon that Israel halt settlement construction and stop building the security barrier. "He can say whatever he wants," the official said, "but he will have to settle for what he can get, and what he can get depends on what he will give." Sharon, the official said, would likely press Abbas on the "law and order issues" halting terror, dismantling the terrorist organizations and bolstering PA security control. He said that Abbas brought up the issues of the fence and the settlements, even though he knew very well that Israel would not stop their construction, because of his own domestic considerations. "He has to show that he is standing fast on these issues," the official said.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town


Cookie Settings