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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Olmert takes prisoner terrorist release off the table

With at least six cabinet ministers having announced that they would vote against, Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert has removed a prisoner terrorist release from Sunday's cabinet agenda.
"It's not coming up tomorrow. It's been put off because there is no agreed upon list," one government official said, asking not to be named. [As you may recall, the last time they had trouble coming up with enough terrorists to meet the 'criteria.' CiJ]

Prime Minister's Office spokesman David Baker said he did not have the agenda for Sunday's cabinet meeting.

Olmert told Abbas at a meeting on Monday he would ask his cabinet to approve the prisoner release as a goodwill gesture for the Ramadan fast month, which began this week, Palestinian officials said. Israel had been expected to free around 100 Fatah prisoners.

Israel has already freed more than 250 prisoners, mostly Fatah members, as part of a plan to bolster Abbas against Hamas, which seized control of Gaza in June.
And a lot of good that release did....


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