Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Again? Horse-trading of convicted murders?

...Kerry will delay the third mass release of convicts and then add them to the fourth and final scheduled release of prisoners who have been incarcerated inside of Israeli prisons since before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1994. Senior PA leaders have continually asserted that there is no link between the current talks with Israel and the Israeli agreement to release the prisoners. Kerry’s latest move seems to indicate that Washington thinks otherwise, Ma’ariv said

Horse-traded, unrepentant, convicted Palestinian
Arab murderers 
walk free in a previous round,
August 2013 [
Image Source: AP]
Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
09 December '13..

Associated Press is saying tonight that the US government is asking for a change in the arrangements for the next phase of convicted murderers to be released from Israeli prisons.

The Palestinian officials... said Kerry asked them to accept a change in the timetable of upcoming releases of Palestinian prisoners by Israel. In all, Israel has agreed to release 104 veteran Palestinian prisoners in four stages during the current negotiations, which began in late July and are to conclude in April. Israel has so far released two groups of prisoners. Kerry wants the last two releases to be combined and be carried out in late January, instead of being done in two installments, the Palestinian officials said. Abed Rabbo did not refer to the details of Kerry's purported request, but said the Palestinians insist that the next group of prisoners be released at the end of December. "Our brothers, the prisoners, should know that they are being used and their cause is being used for extortion, and they are the first to reject such extortion," he said.

Over at the Algemeiner news site, they describe the pressure-play (if the reports are to be believed) in a more straightforward fashion:


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