Israeli cabinet approves Palestinian prisoners' release

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.

Advertisement

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.