Release of 11,000 Palestinian Prisoners is Indispensable Condition to Reach Agreement with Israel: Mahmoud Abbas
PA president says peaceful solution to conflict will not be reached until all 11,000 Palestinian prisoners are released by Israel, Ynet reported.
Head of Palestinian administration said at his speech in Mecca that peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be reached without the release of all 11,000 prisoners currently imprisoned in Israel.
Speaking in the city of Mecca on Tuesday in honor of the hajj pilgrimage, Abbas said, "I would like to take this time to announce to our people that in a short while a small number of prisoners will be released. However as we all know, over 11,000 prisoners are currently suffering behind bars in Israeli prisons."
When we negotiate with Israel we speak of core issues such as Jerusalem, the refugees, the borders, the settlements, and more. There is also the issue of the prisoners so there will not be a solution without their release."