What is Israel getting in return? Nothing. What unilateral goodwill gesture have the Palestinians ever offered to Israel? They never have offered any goodwill gesture at all.
Wishful Thinking Update: Ehud “Crazy Eddie” Olmert is at it again: his policies are…insane.
“Israel announces mass prisoner release,” by Amy Teibel for Associated Press:
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday he will release 250 Fatah members from Israeli prisons in a goodwill gesture aimed at strengthening Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas’ victory in Gaza.
Olmert announced the prisoner release at a summit with Abbas and the leaders of Egypt and Jordan that the Arabs and Palestinians are hoping can push forward the peace process and strengthen Abbas’ hand.
“As a gesture of good will towards the Palestinians, I will bring before the Israeli Cabinet a proposal to free 250 Fatah prisoners who do not have blood on their hands, after they sign a commitment not to return to violence,” Olmert told the gathering.