The US is currently trying to prevent a collapse of negotiations between Israel and Palestine regarding a dispute over Palestinian prisoners. Upon the resolution of such matter will decide the fate of the peace talks between the two countries. According to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the results of the peace talks will be clear within days before the April 29 deadline approaches.
Washington had been trying to get the two countries to accept a framework that would extend the negotiations beyond April to the end of the year. However, Israel said that it will not release the last batch of 26 Palestinian veterans until Israel knows clearly what it will get in exchange for releasing the prisoners. If there is a deal, it will not be approved easily as the cabinet will need to evaluate the deal.
Palestine, however, said that they will not consider extending the talks without having the last batch of prisoners freed. Israel will only release the prisoners if Palestine will agree to continue the peace talks. The new crisis is a crisis inside an earlier crisis, which is the conflict between the two countries.
According to Palestinian Prisoners Minister Issa Qaraqaa, the dispute can be resolved in just 24 hours.
The last group of Palestinian prisoners were released on March 29.
There was chaos inside prison cells as Palestinian prisoners grieved. An inmate who had a heart attack died last Saturday. The prisoner named Arafat Jaradat who was 30 years old was said to have been tortured inside the cell. The family members of the inmate were mourning because of their loss. The other prisoners who also knew Mr. Jaradat were saddened and fasted during the time of his death.
The death of the inmate occurred after a fight that happened between the youth in Palestine and the army of Israel. A lot of people were outraged about what happened inside the cell. The war between the two groups continued and a number of youths staged protest outside the prison. Most of them were throwing stones while the army fights back. Tear gas was also used during the ongoing fight. There was one casualty in the incident and was hit badly.
Meanwhile, in Gaza City, there were women who also made their protests. They were bringing with them flags to protest about the current condition of the prisoners that were Palestinians and held by the Israeli jail guards. Most of the protesters think that the prisoners inside the jail were tortured badly. Because of Mr. Jaradat’s death, there were a number of three thousand Palestinian prisoners who did not eat the meals that were served to them. The said number of inmates was doing this to protest on the death of their inmate. A human rights group in Palestine also believed that Mr. Jaradat died right after investigation.