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Israeli Cabinet discusses Shamgar Commission recommendations to swap prisoners
Israeli Cabinet discusses Shamgar Commission recommendations to swap prisoners
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Gaza, ALRAY - Israeli Cabinet held on Thursday a meeting to discuss recommendations of Shamgar commission regarding possible prisoners swap deals in the future.

Israeli minister of economy, Naftali Bennett, demanded to support the bill that prevents the release of any prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment neither in a swap deal nor in goodwill gestures.

The Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu delayed the vote on the draft law in the last cabinet session. Yehuda Feinstein, the government adviser, opposed the bill while Bennett called to conduct the vote again. 

The Shamgar commission was formed by Ehud Barak in 2010 to apply a specific policy on future prisoners ex-change deals.The commission also  recommended not to release thousands of Palestinians in exchange of an Israeli.

The number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons is continuously rising, reaching 5,100 prisoners by end of last April, according to a recent report by the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs.

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