Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter objected Sunday to the release of 19 of the 230 Fatah prisoners slated to return to the Gaza Strip.
"Releasing them back to Gaza is not releasing moderates, but letting them back into an area ruled by a terror government, making their pledge to cease all terror activities invalid," he said.
Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai objected to the release of all prisoners. "This decision continues a destructive police of one-sidedness, which is detached from the cruel reality," he said.
The ministerial committee is headed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and its members include Minister Dichter and Yishai, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Vice Premier Haim Ramon, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann and Minister for Pensioner Affairs Rafi Eitan.
"The current gesture has nothing to do with the (kidnapped soldier Gilad) Shalit deal)," the source said. "We are talking about the release of prisoners belonging to the Palestinian pragmatic camp."