Palestinian Minister for Prisoner Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, said Palestinian prisoner leaders signed the deal on Monday afternoon after several hours of negotiations at a jail in the Israeli port city of Ashkelon.
Professor Moty Cristal received an email on Friday cancelling his workshop following pressure from members of the UNISON trade union “on the grounds that it is [the union’s] policy... to support the Palestinian people."
Abu Daqa revealed late Thursday that the PA’s attorney general had ordered Palestinian Internet service providers to block access to at least eight websites critical of PA President Mahmoud Abbas over the past six months.
Gantz said he believed international pressure, in the form of economic and diplomatic sanctions, was beginning to achieve results, and that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, would probably not “go the extra mile” to build an atomic bomb.
The talks, which were set to be the highest-level discussions between the sides since September 2010, were portrayed by the Palestinians as a final effort to salvage negotiations before the presidential election season kicks off in the US.