‚Israel won’t use Schalit deal as gesture to Abbas‘

08.12.2011                      12.Kislev. 5772


'Israel won't use Schalit deal as gesture to Abbas'

550 prisoners, of Israel's choosing, to be released in second stage of deal expected to take place December 18.

The government plans to release Palestinian petty criminals later this month to complete the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange, not any high-profile Fatah security prisoners as a gesture to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, officials said on Wednesday.
Under the Egyptian-mediated prisoner swap in October that led to Schalit’s release, 477 “heavy” security prisoners and terrorists whose names were agreed upon by Israel and Hamas were released in the first stage of the deal. Another 550 prisoners, of Israel’s choosing, will be released in the second stage, expected to take place on December 18….