Israel: Palestinians lying about expanded amnesty deal

Sunday, August 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The Israeli government on Saturday vigorously denied Palestinian claims that it had decided to extend amnesty to an additional 100 wanted Palestinian terrorist gunmen.

Earlier in the day, Palestinian officials said Israel had transferred a list of 100 gunmen it would no longer pursue if they agreed to lay down their arms. They would join 178 terrorists Israel granted amnesty to last month as a goodwill gesture toward Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Israeli officials insisted in remarks carried by The Jerusalem Post that not only was there no new list, but that Jerusalem had no intention of expanding the amnesty deal, which by all accounts has already been broken by the Palestinians.

Last week, Israeli security forces caught one of the original 178 terrorists granted amnesty engaging in terrorist activity, but were forced to let him go because of the agreement.

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