Geneva Initiative Annexes
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1. Message from Ramallah
(News Room/News - 2018)
...es. In particular, with the PA's difficult economic situation and the Israeli decision to offset payments to prisoners' families with tax money. PA officials believe that this painful issue is bringin...

...tinian Authority help those families through a general welfare program that does not prioritize relatives of prisoners.   Still, some analysts think Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas are simply pla...

...he Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Palestinian Authority had agreed to end payments to terrorist prisoners and their families, after Palestinian officials denied it.   Greenblatt&...

... strike for more than a month. “I would like to draw the attention to the issue of our Palestinian prisoners, who have been on hunger strike for more than one month, meters away from here i...

... carry out reforms in the Palestinian security services, stop making payments to the families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons and to the families of terrorists and to stop the transfer of ...

...e can't believe that just a day ago he "exchanged phone numbers with the former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners". "The Geneva Initiative is not what I've expected", he added. &nb...

...member Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Israela Oron. On the Palestinian side, the participants included Former Minister of Prisoners Hisham abed al Razak, former minister and member of the Palestinian negotiating t...

...ieli, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Israela Oron and Gen. (res.) Gideon Sheffer; met with former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners and current resident of Gaza Hisham abed al Razak; and toured the greater Jerusal...

...de at strategic points over the years, such as when Israel released the first batch of long-held Palestinian prisoners as part of the now-defunct U.S.-brokered peace process in 2014.“By condemni...

... At the end of the seminar, the participants got to talk to Ashraf Al-Ajrami, former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners, who told them about the 'Palestinian partner'. Explaining why it is so hard for ...

11. Our local political course in Afula was launched!
(Events/Local Activities - 2016)
...ants were welcomed by the Mayor of Afula, and then met with Ashraf al-Ajrami, Former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Affair, and Gadi Baltiansky, Director General of the Geneva Initiative. Both talk...

12. Abbas' peace project has hit a dead end
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
... the conditions for entering negotiations with Israel, for example on issues such as a settlement freeze and prisoners’ release. His main objective was to gain U.S. support for parameters for a ...

... The event featured prominent Israeli and Palestinian speakers, including former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners' Affairs of the Palestinian Authority Hisam Abd al-Razzaq, Israeli General (res.)...

... simply a reaction, not a permanent fix, to potential violence. Hamas’s demand for the release of prisoners and the reopening of Gaza’s passages also will not win unconditional accept...

15. On hope and despair in the Middle East
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...eem to be the right path to follow.   The government of Israel, the governments of Israel, act like prisoners of despair. Like its helpless victims. I do not remember ever hearing any serious...

16. Israel has a partner in Abbas
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...n Authority and its chairman with 1,001 complaints, which are usually justified. Abbas continues to fund the prisoners in jail, thereby encouraging terror. The incitement in the Palestinian media cont...

17. Fence may have prevented abduction
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...s and citizens, whether in order to murder them or as a bargaining chip to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners, is a working premise the defense establishments have been dealing with for many ...

...bility. He lost his trust in the talks. The worst part was when Netanyahu said Abbas had agreed to a deal of prisoners for settlement construction. It wasn't in line with the truth.   "A...

...yahu was not serious, but he thought — at least I’ll obtain the release of some of the political prisoners. For nine months there were negotiations, and guess what: Netanyahu didn’t ...

20. Time for an Obama peace plan in Mideast
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...p; But even before that, there were challenges. Israel hadn’t released a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners. The Palestinians, meanwhile, had moved toward further engagement with the United...

...lar of Defense in 2012.   Netanyahu, who squeezed Abbas hard in exchange for freeing 80 pension-age prisoners who had been sitting in Israeli jails for more than 20 years and who broke up neg...

... whom addressed the crisis in the negotiations. Meridor emphasized that cancelling the commitment to release prisoners and announcing plans for settlement construction was a mistake. Alajrami highligh...

...of the Geneva Initiative and also spent 12 years in Israeli prisons for terror activities. "Releasing prisoners brings good atmosphere to the Palestinian street. Preventing the release of the f...

...bly remains problematic from a Palestinian standpoint. The announcement on 28 July 2013 that the Palestinian prisoners Israel has been holding for over 20 years were to be released could have been a r...

25. My Jewish State
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...s of late. There has been a steady uptick in violence. Israel’s freeing of 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners was naturally greeted with joy in Ramallah, and by a wave of Israeli government t...

...sh; will block the settlement enterprise from spinning out of control. • The second is the release of prisoners, and given the sensitivity to this issue amongst the Israeli public, I’ll e...

...a Initiative provides a solid foundation for an agreement." Diskin said that the release of Palestinian prisoners was a vital part of the political process, but, "the releases must be done d...

...ation from the Hebrew by Geneva Initiative staff)   Each time that the issue arises of releasing prisoners from Israeli jails– and it doesn't matter how they are released: as part of...

29. Prevent the next big explosion
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...te freeze of all settlement construction anywhere outside of the main settlement blocks. The second is prisoners' release. Despite my absolute disapproval of releasing prisoners under blackmail ...

...but terror on decline,' says expert   As Israel prepares to release another group of 26 Palestinian prisoners later this week, Israeli security experts say security cooperation with the Pales...

...an Shai (Labor) and by Qadura Fares, former PA Minister for Prisoner Affairs and the head of the Palestinian Prisoners club . After the meeting the particpants toured Ramallah, including a visit to Ar...

...f “tough questions,” MK Lipman told of his response to the Arabs' statements, that the terrorist prisoners are “our soldiers” and that if the PA was holding Israeli prisoners, ...

...tions. Even acceding to the Palestinian Authority’s request for the release of “pre- Oslo” prisoners and bolstering Fatah’s credibility in the eyes of the Palestinian street is...

34. The Door Has Been Built
(News Room/News 2013)
...see it as a pipe dream.   Notion: The Palestinians are raising unacceptable demands such as freeing prisoners with blood on their hands.   Fact: The request to free prisoners is base...

... start talking and then lay out its ideas. For credibility at home, Mr. Abbas demands the advance release of prisoners convicted before the 1993 Oslo Accords, while Mr. Netanyahu wants to do so in tra...

...d peace plan is to include a freeze on all settlement activity outside of the major blocs and the release of prisoners detained prior to the Oslo-agreement in 1993, London-based Al-Hayat reported on S...

...order. The Palestinians are also pressing Israel to release more than 100 of the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners it is holding.   Kerry is believed to be pursuing a package of incentive...

38. Encountering Peace: Making Decisions
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...be based on the “green line,” the pre-June 5, 1967, border, and that Israel release the pre-Oslo prisoners he claims Olmert agreed to release before changing his mind. Netanyahu has r...

...Tuesday, conference participants met with Hisham Abed el-Razek, the former Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, and with Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Ilan Paz, a former head of the IDF Civ...

40. Seminar for Shas political party members
(Events/Local Activities - 2013)
... Shas participants heard from Hisham Abed Al-Razek, former Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, and Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ilan Paz. Participants then toured the Jerusalem ...

...anglement of the operation in Amman he freed Sheikh Ahmed Yassin […]. After that he released all the prisoners in the Shalit deal, which was another push for Hamas, and in the end he permitted...

... the PA to drop the unilateral statehood gambit, officials said.   The carrots include a release of prisoners and support to help the Palestinians exploit the gas fields off Gaza, an official...

43. Attempts to revive peace talks
(News Room/News 2012)
...inian President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected an offer by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to release security prisoners in exchange for the renewal of peace talks.   Palestinian Authority Mini...

...id Abbas is seeking a goodwill gesture from Israel, such as a "significant release" of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. They said Abbas, who is locked in a power struggle with the Islam...

...ntial to destabilize the situation on the ground, including the hunger strike by more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody which was resolved in mid-May.   “Yet each has ...

...lt to construction in the settlements and East Jerusalem, recognition of the 1967 borders and the release of prisoners.   A member of the Fatah central committee, Mohammed Shtayeh, who was pr...

...ding to the Israeli official, the Palestinians immediately demanded a freeze on settlement building, freeing prisoners and emphasized that from their point of view, the talks would end on January 26 a...

... stop all settlement construction, accept the two-state solution on the 1967 border, and release Palestinian prisoners, in order to have the conducive environment called for under the Quartet Statemen...

49. Israel has a partner for peace
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
...ill not renounce the outline of his narrative, including seeing those who we perceive as murderers as “prisoners in the Palestinian struggle for the establishment of a state.” Meanwhile, a...

...i government to honor agreements and improve relations with the Palestinian Authority.   Some 550 prisoners to be freed by Israel in December; Jerusalem seeks to boost Abbas' status vis-&ag...

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