Monday, July 9, 2007
Sneh secretly meets with Barghouti
"Former Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh secretly met Monday with Marwan Barghouti, the former Tanzim commander in the West Bank, at the Hadarim Prison.
Barghouti is serving five life sentences for the murder of Israeli citizens.
The two met for about two hours and discussed issues relating to the situation in the Palestinian Authority. Defense Minister Ehud Barak was briefed on the meeting, which was initiated by Sneh.
Barghouti's wife, Fadwa, said in an interview with an Arab newspaper on Sunday that her husband would be released from jail as part of a deal that would include the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit......
The London-based al-Hayat newspaper recently reported that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demanded during the Sharm el-Sheik summit that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert release Barghouti as part of the planned prisoner release.
According to reports from sources involved in the prisoner release talks, Abbas hopes that Barghouti's release would restore Fatah's popularity among the Palestinian public and strengthen his status in the West Bank......"