Published April 12, 2013
JERUSALEM – An official says Israel has offered to deport a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner to Europe or a U.N. member country in an effort to reach a compromise over the case.
However, Samer Issawi's lawyer, Jawad Bulous, says he refuses to be deported.
The Israeli official says the prime minister's office made the offer after E.U. and U.N. officials expressed concern about Issawi's health. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
A spokesman for the E.U. in Israel, David Kriss, says it didn't receive an official offer.
Issawi was sentenced to 26 years prison for attacks on Israelis. He was released as part of a 2011 deal, but Israel later accused him of militant activity and rearrested him.
Israel has reached similar deals before to deport prisoners.