News Brief 10/26/2013, Cheshvan 22, 5774
PA Officials Deny Trade-Off Over Prisoners, Jewish Homes
Senior Palestinian Authority figures denied Saturday that a mooted Israeli release of terrorist prisoners is part of understandings in peace talks under which Israel would build more Jewish homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem in exchange.
An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said in a text message to AFP Thursday that such continued construction was part of "understandings" reached with the PA and the Americans ahead of the renewal of talks.
But senior PLO figure Yasser Abed Rabbo strenuously denied the claim.