updated 6/25/2007 1:43:28 PM ET 2007-06-25T17:43:28

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he will release 250 Palestinian members of the Fatah movement from Israeli prisons as a "gesture of goodwill toward the Palestinians."

Olmert made the announcement at a summit with Abbas and the leaders of Egypt and Jordan in this Red Sea resort that the Arabs and Palestinians are hoping can push forward the peace process and strengthen Abbas' hand.

"As a gesture of good will towards the Palestinians, I will bring before the Israeli Cabinet a proposal to free 250 Fatah prisoners who do not have blood on their hands, after they sign a commitment not to return to violence," Olmert said in a speech to the gathering.

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