Sunday, July 22, 2007

Palestinian prisoners freed

The Israeli release of 250 Palestinian activists this weekend was designed as a gift of good publicity to Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas. Most of those released were from the Fatah group that he heads, and none were from Hamas, which now controls Gaza. Fatah fighters have announced a cease fire with Israel.

Jonathan Alterman is skeptical about the impact of the gesture:
' "It changes the subject for a while but it doesn't address the fundamental strategic challenges Abbas has," said Jon Alterman, the director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a national-security research center. "I don't see how this does any more than begin to set him in the right direction."


Video from Aljazeera English follows:

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Usually Israel releases those who are about to finish their sentence within days , weeks , months but most less than a year .
many palestinians who had their kids or loved ones more than 20 and 30 years have hoped to see them released . especially the over 300 under 18 / and the women and the sick and those suffering from cancer .

Israel will kidnapp another 250 in less than a month. they usually kidnap 30 a day , and the western media does not even mention it .

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