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

AP , JERUSALEM

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.

This story has been viewed 3598 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top