Analysis | Too late for regrets || Releasing Palestinian prisoners is Netanyahu's double defense
Cabinet protest is of little concern to the prime minister; he knows that freeing prisoners will prevent the talks from collapsing and postpone an intifada.
The release of the second group of Palestinian security prisoners – or, the entire arrangement to release 104 such prisoners in four stages – is the pin that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding to ensure the grenade, or a new confrontation with the Palestinian Authority, does not explode. Israel is concerned about two possibilities: A significant escalation of...
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