Israel's chief negotiator Tzipi Livni said Israel will not release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinians' push for recognition at the United Nations.
Tzipi Livni's spokeswoman said Thursday that the government was working to finalize an agreement to free the prisoners when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed letters of accessions to 15 international conventions.
Livni said the prisoner release was contingent on the Palestinians refraining from making unilateral moves. Livni said that "new conditions were established and Israel cannot release the fourth batch of prisoners." (AP)