Prisoner release keeps Palestinian Authority in talks with Israel, official says

Senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Fatah Central Committee Member Nabil Shaath said that despite his belief that the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations have failed, the Palestinian Authority (PA) would remain in the talks for the purpose of getting Israel to release terrorist prisoners.

“We have committed to negotiations for a period of nine months, and by then we hope to see all 104 of our prisoners released,” Shaath, a close adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, told Maariv.

Israel has so far released half of the 104 Palestinian terrorist prisoners it said it would free as part of the negotiations.

Posted on December 1, 2013 .