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Abbas: Israel told us it would free prisoners

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas detailed the chain of events which eventually failed to see the fourth tranche of Palestinian prisoners released.

 

According to him, while talks were still ongoing, and the Palestinians were given the impression the release was going ahead as planned, until "We heard for the first time that Israel is demanding that 14 Israeli-Arabs will be deported – or instead that 10 West Bank prisoners will be deported. But this was not part of the agreement." (Elior Levy)