Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday confirmed an offer of amnesty to 200 most wanted Palestinian terrorists if they agree to disarm and help achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The offer was made to members of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement who have been involved in many of the worst terrorist attacks against Israeli men, women and children over the past decade.
A large number of those terrorists are also members of the Palestinian Authority police forces. Olmert said they may continue to perform their duty as police officers under the deal, but must do so unarmed.
The government failed to explain who will monitor and enforce the disarmament of the Fatah forces, since the prime minister promised to order the Israeli army to stop pursuing them.