Compromise reached on prisoner dispute

Sunday, February 06, 2005 | 
Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to form a committee to resolve the dispute over how many terrorists Israel will release from jail. Israel’s “goodwill gesture” of releasing 900 prisoners was rejected by Palestinian officials, who want all 7,000 terrorists to go scot-free. Israel has said that prisoners involved in murder and serious attacks will remain in jail. The committee will discuss further releases, including the possibility of freeing some terrorists with blood on their hands. The new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas claims that he needs to get the murderers out of jail to win the support of his people and consolidate power.

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