Palestinian security prisoners postponed a threatened widespread hunger strike as progress was reported in contacts between inmate representatives and the Israel prison services. The strike was prompted by a number of demands, foremost that Israel Prisoner Services stop jamming cellphone service. The threatened hunger strike came two days before Israel goes to the polls – and at the height of a heated political campaign in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an apparent bid to win over right-wing voters, pledged that if elected, he would extend Israeli sovereignty not only over Israeli settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria, but over isolated Israeli communities as well.

KAN's Naomi Segal spoke about the latest developments with Dr. Gadi Hitman, of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Ariel University. We first asked him about the turnabout in the threatened prisoner hunger strike.