Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Saturday that he opposes the release of Israeli-Arab prisoners as a part of the gesture to the Palestinians that helped launch the peace process.
Speaking to Channel 2, Ya'alon said that Israel "did not promise, at any stage, the release of Israeli-Arabs. Only pre-Oslo prisoners."
Ya'alon also said he does not view Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a partner for peace. "I've discovered this conflict is about the entire Palestine, they don't recognize our right to exist here ... we cannot reach an agreement with the Palestinians without a recognition of the Jewish state." (Ynetnews)