Top Minister: Prisoners’ Release Likely After Pesach


palestinian-terrorist-prisonersNaftali Bennett, Chairman of Bayit Yehudi, threatened Thursday night to break up the coalition if Israeli Arab prisoners are released as part of a deal to extend the faltering peace talks with the Palestinians. But within the coalition, there are no signs of concern.

Yediot Achronot reports that the faction leaders of the parties in the coalition have been giving Bennett the cold shoulder since his outburst, and one senior minister in the government cynically remarked that “if Bennett pulls out, no one will object the move, and no one will shed tears.”

Another political source noted that Bennett has recently been purposely excluded from the negotiations, and that the negotiating team has not convened out of concern that the Bayit Yehudi chairman would leak details from the meetings.

“Bennett did not know what was actually happening, and that’s why he thought that the prisoner release deal was written off. It’s probably why he released that specific threat. Now he’ll have to deal with the fallout.”

Yediot Achronot reports that the same source believes that Israel and the Palestinians will reach a compromise after Pesach, and until then “things will happen, people will forget, there will be a softening effect. Right now we’re letting the holiday have a calming effect on the chaotic atmosphere.”

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. Let’s see if he lives up to his word. The rest of the government changes their mind every 3 minutes- Canceled prisoner release/ sanctions etc.One big bologna sandwich


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