The ministerial committee appointed to determine which Palestinian prisoners will be the first to be released approved a list of 26 prisoners to be released on Tuesday.
The list includes 14 prisoners to be released into the Gaza Strip, several of which are Hamas members.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is recovering from a hernia operation, was not present in the meeting.
Prisoners to be released:
1. Kor Mattawa Hamad Faiz, jailed since '85, for the murder of Menahem Dadon and attempted murder of Salomon Abukasis.
2. Salah Ibrahim Ahmad Mughdad, jailed since '93, for the murder of Israel Tenenbaum.
3. Na’anish Naif Abdel Jafar Samir, jailed since '89, for the murder of Binyamin Meisner.
4. Arshid A. Hamid Yusef Yusef, jailed since '93, for the murder of Nadal Rabu Ja’ab, Adnan Ajad Dib, Mufid Cana’an, Tawafiq Jaradat and Ibrahim Sa’id Ziwad.
5. Al Haj Othman Amar Mustafa, jailed since '89, for the murder Steven Frederick Rosenfeld.
6. Maslah Abdallah Salama Salma, jailed since '93, for the murder of Reuven David.
7. Abu Moussa Salam Ali Atiya, jailed since '94, for the murder Isaac Rotenberg.
8. Maqlad Mahmoud Zayd Salah, jailed since '93, for the murder of Yeshayahu Deutsch.
9. Sawalha Bad Almajed Mahmad Mahmad, jailed since '93 for the murder of Baruch Heisler, and attempted murder of Betty Malka, Shai Cohen, Avishag Cohen.
10. Shaath Azath Shaaban Attaf, jailed since '93, for being the accessory to the murder of Simcha Levy.
11. Abdel Aal Sa’id Ouda Yusef, jailed since '94, for throwing explosives, accessory to the murder of Ian Feinberg and Sami Ramadan.
12. Barbakh Faiz Rajab Madhat, jailed since '94, for the murder of Moshe Beker.
13. Raai Ibrahim Salam Ali, jailed since '94, for the murder of Moris Eisenstatt.
14. Nashbat Jabar Yusef Mahmad, jailed since '90, for being an accessory to the murder of Amnon Pomerantz.
15. Mortja Hasin Ganim Samir, jailed since '93, for abduction, interrogation through torture, and murder of Samir Alsilawi, Khaled Malka, Nasser Aqila, Ali al Zaabot.
16. Sawalha Faz Ahmad Husni, jailed since '90, for the murder of Heisler Baruch.
17. Ramahi Salah Abdallah Faraj, jailed since '92, for the murder of Avraham Kinstler.
18. Abu Satta Ahmad Sa’id Aladdin, jailed since 1994, for the murder of David Dadi and Hayim Weizman.
19. Abu Sita Talab Mahmad Ayman, jailed since 1994, for the murder of David Dadi and Hayim Weizman.
20. Mansour Omar Abdel Hafiz Asmat, jailed since 1993, for being an accessory to the murder of Hayim Mizrahi.
21. Asqara Mahmad Ahmad Khaled, jailed in '91, for the murder of Annie Ley.
22. Janadiya Yusef Radwan Nahad, jailed since '89, for the murder of Zalman Shlein.
23. Hamadiah Mahmoud Awad Muhammad, jailed since '89, for the murder of Zalman Shlein.
24. Abdel Nabi A. Wahab Jamal Jamil, jailed since '92, for the murder of Shmuel Gersh.
25. Ziwad Muhammad Taher Taher, jailed since '93, for the murder of Avraham Cohen.
26. Sabih Abed Hamed Borhan, jailed since '01, for the murder of Jamil Muhammad Naim Sabih, Aisha Abdullah Haradin.
'Move meant to strengthen Abbas'
The committee's decision was informed by Shin Bet data and recommendations. According to a political source, several of the names were changed during the meeting. "The move was meant to strengthen Mahmoud Abbas," he added.
The law stipulates that the names of the prisoners must be published 48 hours before their release on the Israel Prison Service's website.
President Shimon Peres will be required to sign pardons for prisoners sentenced by civilian courts, if Israeli citizens are on the list. The IDF central district commander will be required to sign pardons for Palestinian prisoners judged in military courts.
The ministers' choices were influenced by the aim of improving Abbas' standing among the Palestinians, but also not to arouse public scrutiny in Israel.
Earlier, Palestinian President Abbas said Israel will release 104 Palestinian prisoners who were jailed before the Oslo Accords were signed, including Arab-Israelis and residents of east Jerusalem. Abbas' statement was given during a meeting in his office with Prisoners Affairs Minister Issa Karaka.
According to him, the release will be made in four stages, and no prisoner will be deported from his homeland. Abbas added that prisoners' release will improve the chances to reach a peace deal with Israel.
Earlier Sunday, families of terror victims demanded to present their case to the committee, following the State's statement during a High Court debate according to which the families will be given the right to voice their objections to the release.
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