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Sunday, August 17, 2008
["Moderate"] PA PM: Palestinian captured by Israel murdering Israeli today should be released immediately

Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA:

"We ask Israel to change its conditions for releasing prisoners and we ask
for the release of all prisoners without exception."
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad

This is what "moderate" Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad is
saying: If at this very moment a Palestinian goes into an Israeli mall and
opens fire, killing scores of civilians and somehow is captured by Israeli
security forces, Fayad will do two things:

#1. Probably issue a standard press release about opposing "all violence".

#2. Add the terrorist murderer to the list of Palestinians Israel must
release.

That's what "we ask for the release of all prisoners without exception"
means.

Again: the "moderate" Palestinians aren't asking Israel to transfer the
murderers to Palestinian prison - they want all of them to be free.

And this is part of the farce of the current plan to release murderers as a
gesture to Mahmoud Abbas (who is expected to reciprocate with another kind
of gesture to Israel that in American parlance involves an index finger):
we aren't even close to being on the same page with him about the concept of
crime and punishment for terror (he doesn't really think its a punishable
crime to murder Israelis - yesterday,. today, or apparently for the time
being also tomorrow).

This move should have at least required a Palestinian statement clarifying
the matter.

Another problem with the release is that the absence of a serious battle
over it makes it appear to be a throwaway rather than a major significant
Israeli concession.

There is, of course, an obvious way to make this concession clearly a high
value one: if President Bush sends Jonathan Pollard on a plane to Israel as
compensation.]

Fayad: 'We demand the release of all prisoners without exception'
Associated Press , THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 17, 2008
www.jpost.com
/servlet/Satellite?cid=1218710383547&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad on Sunday welcomed the
planned release of some 200 Palestinian security prisoners, but said Israel
should release even more.

"We welcome the release of any Palestinian prisoner. It is considered a
victory for Palestinians," he said during a tour of the northern village of
Tubas. "We ask Israel to change its conditions for releasing prisoners and
we ask for the release of all prisoners without exception."

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