First Palestinian commanders that are to be deported "without right to return", according to Israel's strict demand, have been named. All these commanders have been hiding in Bethlehem's Nativity Church since April 2, while Palestinian authorities and Israeli military officials have been negotiating for several days in order to find a solution to the critical situation around the temple, which is one of the most sacred places for the Christian world. All Palestinian deportees belong to three organizations - Tanzim, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Hamas. Israel demands that 15 Palestinian commanders involved in terrorist activities be deported from the country. Palestine, according to some sources, agrees to send out only 8 of them. Italy, most probably, will be the country to receive the deportees. Yet it seems there is no disagreement concerning the number of Palestinian commanders to be put on trial in the Gaza Strip. There are 25 of them. The other 83 people that are staying in the Church have not been involved in terrorist activities, according to Israel's data, and thus may be free. They are for the most part Bethlehem's civilians that happened to be in the Church, as well as clergymen and monks.
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