Mon, Jul 28, 2003 - Page 7 News List

Israel approves militant release

INITIATIVE In a cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Sharon won permission for a move that will help ease pressure on him ahead of a visit to the White House


The Cabinet-approved prisoner release still falls far short of the mass release being demanding by the Palestinians.

Before the meeting, ministers seemed split on Sharon's proposal.

``Every terrorist that is freed will join the same terrorist infrastructure that hasn't been dismantled and is getting stronger,'' said agriculture minister Israel Katz, a member of Sharon's Likud party, on Army Radio.

Vice premier Ehud Olmert, also from Likud, suggested support for Sharon, telling the radio that the road map involved risk, ``but it's a risk we're willing to take.

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