Israel Delays Prisoner Release

Negotiations dragged out
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2007 7:37 AM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pauses during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are to meet in the coming days in Jerusalem...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Israel is unlikely to release up to 100 prisoners scheduled for release, Yediot Aharonot reports. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are in meetings today in advance of a summit in Washington. Israel normally releases some non-violent prisoners as a goodwill gesture at Ramadan, but officials say the release is tenuous this year.

In addition to the prisoner release, the heads of state will be discussing border security and military aid to the fledgling Palestinian government. Other issues under discussion include the division of Jerusalem, a return to 1967 borders, and the Palestinian right of return. Much of Monday’s meeting will be in private and Israeli officials say there is “still much distance to cover.”