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."
So far President Obama has watched from the sidelines. Is he ready to engage; to use his own authority, even if that risks failure?
For the first time in three years, both sides have agreed to sit down to discuss resuming peace negotiations, John Kerry said.