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Tags: israel | palestinian | prisoner | release | politics | netanyahu

Israeli Release of Security Prisoners Riles Netanyahu Coalition

Sunday, 27 October 2013 07:03 AM EDT

JERUSALEM  — Israel’s possible release this week of more Palestinian security prisoners as part of the deal to renew peace talks is deepening political divisions in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition.

Environment Minister Amir Peretz accused the Jewish Home party today of inciting violence with its opposition to the release and criticism of chief negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. Livni and Peretz’s Hatnua party supports a peace agreement that will lead to a Palestinian state, while Jewish Home opposes territorial concessions to the Palestinians.

“I certainly believe that agitation like this, which begins with spitting, can end up in murder,” Peretz said in an interview with Army Radio. He likened it to the incitement that preceded the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish extremist in 1995.

Jewish Home, the third-biggest faction in Netanyahu’s government, released a text message criticizing “the freeing of terrorists so Tzipi Livni can have the dubious honor of meeting with” Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Israel agreed in July to release 104 Palestinian security prisoners, some serving life sentences for deadly attacks on Israelis, in four rounds under a U.S.-brokered deal to restart talks that had broken down nearly three years before.

The first release of 26 prisoners took place in August, with the second scheduled to come as early as this week, pending approval by a ministerial committee and the High Court of Justice’s rejection of any legal challenges.


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Israel’s possible release this week of more Palestinian security prisoners as part of the deal to renew peace talks is deepening political divisions in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition.
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