Israel Names Palestinian Prisoners To Be Released

The New York Times’ Isabel Kershner reports, “Israel announced early Monday the names of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released as part of a deal for the resumption of peace talks here this week.” Although among the prisoners were murderers, the move was largely overshadowed by Israel’s announcement to construct 1,000 housing units in contested East Jerusalem. Finance minister Yair Lapid said in a statement that using housing settlements “to needlessly challenge the Americans and to poke sticks in the wheels of peace talks is not right and not helpful to the process.”

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