Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to start as prisoner release approved

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet has endorsed the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners, paving the way for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in Washington as early as Tuesday.

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The approval, by a vote on Sunday of 13 to 7 with two abstentions, came after Mr Netanyahu told ministers that while difficult, especially for the families of terrorism victims, the move was essential in order to resume the ”political process” with the Palestinians.

Mr Netanyahu stipulated that some twenty Arab citizens of Israel among the 104 would need an additional cabinet vote in order to be freed. The releases are due to take place in batches after the renewal of talks.