Following Monday’s meeting between Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian Presidents Abbas, Israel announced its intention to release 250 Palestinian prisoners ‘without blood on their hands’, as a goodwill gesture. The list of prisoners is subject to juducial review. If approved, prisoners will be released into the territories on Friday.
Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed his outrage to Olmert’s plan “”Any attempt to strengthen Abbas is doomed to fail. We need to look beyond Abbas toward the future leadership, the next generation in the territories”. He also said “Name one thing Abbas has done to deserve such grand gestures. Has he arrested wanted men? Rounded up firearms? Fought against terrorism? You can’t strengthen a zero, it will always equal zero.”