Israel has cancelled its last release of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinians' push for recognition at the United States, Israel's chief negotiator said. Tzipiz Livni said the decision to seek accessions through the UN violated the terms set for the prisoners' release.
The impasses over the prisoners throws further doubts about the outcome of the US-led peace negotiations. The talks had been scheduled to last until the end of the month, but both sides appear to be wavering.
For the families of those Palestinians due for release, the decision brings fresh heartache as their hopes are dashed at the last minute. Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports.