Following French efforts in brokering the Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap, President Nicolas Sarkozy has hosted his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas in Paris.
France is just one of the countries that has spent years trying to arrange the deal, but on Thursday the Palestinian Authority said it was disappointed some of its prisoners would be exiled. Speaking in Paris, President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas was more positive: “Concerning the prisoner swap deal, it’s a good thing because I strongly believe that every Palestinian prisoner should enjoy freedom,” he said.
In Jerusalem, people were out showing their support for the homecoming of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, which is expected on Tuesday. He has been held captive since 2006 when he was 19 years old.
There were also Palestinian celebrations, though some are unhappy that certain prisoners will not be allowed home, instead having to live on the West Bank or even moving abroad.
Around 1,000 Palestinian prisoners are set to be freed in the coming week, but there are many others still being held in Israeli jails and their relatives do not want them to be forgotten.