The Israeli government has agreed to overhaul a system of locking up Palestinian prisoners at its prisons, in an effort to end what it has called the “occupation of our citizens.”
The agreement was announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting with his American counterpart, President Donald Trump, in the Oval Office.
Netanyahu said the reforms will take effect in 2018, and they are meant to “ensure that prisoners are held accountable for their crimes and acts of resistance.”
According to the agreement, which was first reported by Israel’s Channel 2 news, the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails will be cut by 80 percent.
The move comes after Netanyahu announced in June that he would limit the number in his country’s jails to between 1,200 and 1,400 prisoners.
He also announced plans to limit the numbers of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, an initiative that has angered many Palestinians.
A separate plan to reform the Israeli prison system, which Israel has used to incarcerate Palestinian suspects in military courts, was announced in December.
That plan was seen as a response to the murder of a Palestinian prisoner in a Israeli military court in July, by an Israeli soldier, which sparked widespread criticism of the government.
Israel’s prison system has also been plagued by violence, with prisoners regularly being killed in the past.
In the past, Israel has accused Palestinian attackers of being paid to kill Israeli settlers, although those allegations have not been proven.
A number of attacks on Israeli security forces have been carried out by Palestinians.