Former ISS (Shabak) section chief Menachem Landau slammed PM Ehud Olmert’s plans to release more Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to PA head Mahmoud Abbas in a live interview broadcast on Israel Radio’s afternoon news magazine today

Landau noted that, in retrospect, the many previous releases of Palestinian prisoners failed to significantly improve the standing of Palestinian leaders but instead served to bolster the manpower of forces that act against Israel. He also related the frustration that Israeli security forces feel when they see that after expending tremendous efforts around the clock to capture terrorists that they are released in gestures.