Israel's cabinet has approved the release of dozens of long-held Palestinian prisoners in an attempt to help restart Middle East peace talks and end nearly three years of diplomatic standstill.
Thirteen ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet authorised the release, seven voted against and two abstained, a government official said. A total of 104 Arab prisoners were approved to be freed.
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.