Israel not to engage in talks with Palestinians on hunger strike: Minister

A senior Israeli official says the regime will not enter negotiations with Palestinian prisoners who have launched an open-ended hunger strike in protest at harsh prison conditions and restrictions on family visits.

Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said on Tuesday that he believes the strike is politically motivated, and that he sees no legitimacy for the prisoners’ action.

“My policy is that you can’t negotiate with prisoners such as these… There is no reason to give them additional conditions in addition to what they already receive,” he told Israel’s Army Radio.

Erdan said the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike leader, Marwan Barghouti, has been transferred to another prison in northern Israeli-occupied territories and placed in solitary confinement.


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