As part of US-led peace talks, the government of Israel has agreed to release 26 Palestinian prisoners, Haaretz reports. The ministerial position that makes decisions regarding the release of prisoners made the decision late on Saturday night.
This is the third group of prisoners to be released since the US-brokered talks resumed in July. The talks are aimed at reaching an interim peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. Israel had already made its intention to release the prisoners known the US, setting Dec. 30 as the date.
Two days ago, the Palestinian Authority warned Israel not to announce the construction of new settlements following the release of these prisoners, as was the case when the two previous groups of prisoners were released.
By K. Elsner