Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

Statement: Israel's prisoner releases

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While obviously agonising, especially for the distraught families of the victims, the Israeli Government's decision for the staggered release of convicts involved in brutal acts of violence reflects the high priority it attaches to bringing the Palestinians back to the negotiating table and resuming peace talks - consistent with its claim it was acting "for the good of the country".

AIJAC sincerely hopes that this latest gesture for peace will be met with similar confidence-building measures from the Palestinian side and contribute to achieving a just, permanent, negotiated settlement.

Dr. Colin Rubenstein
Executive Director

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