Israel approves 1000 new settlements

The Israeli Government has approved up to 1000 new settlements three days before peace talks with the Palestinians resume in Jerusalem.

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Israel vows to free prisoners to secure Palestinian talks

Israel has agreed to a long-standing Palestinian demand to release Palestinian prisoners in order to resume peace talks.

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio: "I don't want to give numbers but there will be heavyweight prisoners who have been in jail for tens of years."

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