By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Palestinians are threatening a 3rd Intifada. An intifada is a huge spontaneous uprising against the Israelis.
They threaten violence if Israel does come through on the promised to release the 4th group of Palestinian prisoners. The prisoners were scheduled to be released on Sunday. By Friday it was clear the prisoners would not go free.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that they would go free only after the Palestinians come back to the negotiating table and there is some real progress.
The hook that lured the Palestinians to the table for the last round of talks was the promise to release prisoners. But now, after three sets of prisoners have already been released, the Palestinians are not so eager to return to the table.
Israel says come to the table and you will get the prisoners.
Once again, Israel and the Palestinians are at a stalemate.
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