Israeli cabinet approved release of 104 Palestinian prisoners

The vote went 13 ministers in favor to 7 against and two abstentions. It took place after Likud ministers forced Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to drop his plan to include Israeli Arab prisoners in the group as per the Palestinian demand. A separate vote will take place at a later period on this issue. DEBKAfile: The question now is will Mahmoud Abbas stand by his threat to miss the date next Tuesday for the first get-together of Palestinian and Israeli teams in Washington. Dozens of Israelis rallied on Sunday in Jerusalem to protest the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners, including terrorists, as a goodwill gesture toward the Palestinian government. They included families of Israelis killed in terrorist attacks.


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