The hundreds of convicted terrorists imprisoned in Israel have called off their hunger-strike after 40 days. The hunger strikers explain that they achieved their goal, and they can thereby, halt the strike.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan explains that they called off the strike amid the realization they were accomplishing nothing and would receive nothing. He adds that they used to have two monthly family visits, with one financed by the International Red Cross. When the latter halted the financing, they only had one visit monthly and this was among their demands in the hunger strike. However, Israel was not about to pay for it.
When the PA (Palestinian Authority) over the weekend announced it would finance the visit, the hunger striker announced they are calling it off after achieving their goals.
Erdan explained they received nothing and they were aware they would receive nothing and the PA announcing its willingness to pay for the visit gave them a way off their high horse.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)