A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Israel frees 429 Palestinian detainees to bolster support for Abbas, peace talks

[JURIST] The Israeli cabinet on Monday approved the release of 429 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture of good will toward Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] in the wake of talks renewed peace talks between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website] at last week's Annapolis peace conference [joint understanding text]. Most of the released inmates belong to Abbas' secular Fatah movement. By releasing them, Israel hopes to heighten support for Abbas and diminish support for rival militant group Hamas [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder], which rejects peace talks with the Jewish state.

Israel released 441 prisoners [JURIST report] in mid-November in the run-up to Annapolis. Israel also made significant releases of Palestinian prisoners in October and July [JURIST reports]. Reuters has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.