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Israel Releases Second Batch of Prisoners

Israel released some 550 Palestinian prisoners on Sunday night in the second half of a swap that freed one of its soldiers, Gilad Shalit, who had been held by Hamas in Gaza for more than five years. New York Times, United States Click here for the full story Advertisements

2nd phase of Shalit deal underway

The second stage of the prisoner exchange deal that secured the release of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit will begin Sunday, as the 550 Palestinian prisoners included in the second phase of the deal will be released. Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the full story

Israel names Palestinian prisoners to be freed

Israel has published a list of a further 550 Palestinian prisoners who will be freed in the coming days to complete a swap deal which brought about the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit. The latest group of 544 men and six women has been selected by Israel and does not include any members of Hamas … Continue reading

Gag order lifted years after undercover Hamas arrest

Israeli censors have finally lifted prohibition on publishing the arrest by undercover forces of a Hamas member allegedly involved in the capture of a soldier. An undercover Israeli force seized Mahawash al-Qadi in 2007 on suspicion of “indirect involvement” in the capture of Gilad Shalit, who was exchanged in October for several hundred Palestinian prisoners. Ma’an … Continue reading

Jailed Hamas bomb maker eyes PA election run

Abdallah Barghouti, a Hamas bomb maker who is serving 67 life sentences for his role in the killing of dozens of Israelis, is planning to run in the next Palestinian parliamentary election, which is slated for May 2012, sources close to Hamas said Tuesday. Jerusalem post, Israel Click here for the full story

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

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. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Hamas: Detainees’ mothers, wives subject to full-body searches

The Hamas-run Gaza government’s Ministry of Prisoners and Freed Detainees announced on Wednesday that Israel’s Al-Nakb Prison had begun conducting full-body searches on detainee’s visiting mothers and wives in which the latter were forced to remove all their clothes. Hamas went on to describe the provocative move as “unprecedented,” warning that it could lead to unanticipated … Continue reading

Israel to reward Abbas in phase 2 of Shalit deal?

The second phase of theGilad Shalit prisoner swap, which will see the release of another 550 prisoners, will be completed in the next two weeks, with Israel seeking to use the occasion to boost Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ status. Sources familiar with the issue told Ynet that officials in Jerusalem are seeking to link the upcoming prisoner … Continue reading

Released Palestinians build houses, marry, study

Palestinian prisoners released in a swap for an Israeli soldier last month are racing to make up for lost time: Many of the 477 former inmates are already getting married, building homes or enrolling in college, even as Israel keeps a close eye on them in fear they could return to violence. Associated Press, United … Continue reading

Official: Fatah, Hamas to release political prisoners

Fatah and Hamas are in talks to release political prisoners in a bid to end all outstanding disagreements, an official said Monday. Both factions have agreed to end longstanding disagreements, the lawmaker added, which include an end to politically motivated detentions, travel restrictions, the reopening of respective offices and freedom of political and popular activities. Ma’an … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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