Gaza, Al Ray - Israeli economy minister threatened to pull his party out of the coalition government if ‘Israel’ agreed to release Palestinian prisoners.
"If the deal includes murderers with Israeli citizenship, it would violate Israeli sovereignty," Naftali Bennett, the leader of Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, was quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post.
"Bayit Yehudi would oppose such a deal in the cabinet, and if it passes, the party would leave the government," he warned.
Palestinian-Israeli peace talks faltered last month after Israel reneged on its pledge to release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responded by applying for Palestinian membership in several United Nations institutions and treaties.
The Israeli government, for its part, ordered punitive measures against the Palestinians, including suspending the transfer of tax revenue that Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinians, as agreed in the 1994 Oslo Accords.
Jewish Home party is one of the far-right Zionist parties in the Hebrew state.
In January 2014, Bennett said that his state should never allow the establishment of a Palestinian State, and should never “give the Palestinians any piece of land.”
Bennett, who is also the head of the right-wing Jewish Home Party as well as the extra-parliamentary movement My Israel, told Israeli TV that “President Mahmoud Abbas does not want peace”, and alleged that “the Palestinians always try to kill the Israelis.”