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  3/28/2014, Adar Bet 26, 5774

Abbas Insists on Including Israelis in Prisoner Release


Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (PA) insists on Israel carrying out the fourth phase of freeing security prisoners - including Israeli Arabs - under conditions for the current round of diplomatic negotiations, according to a Friday-morning report by Kol Yisrael government radio.

The station cited  a senior PA official, interviewed by the Al-Ilam newspaper who said Abbas told United States President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that he was opposed to any delay or compromise on the matter. The official stressed, "All 30 prisoners, including 14 Israeli Arabs, must be released and allowed to return to their homes. This will be a crucial point regarding the next moves."