Netanyahu agrees to free 104 Palestinians

Israel

Netanyahu agrees to free 104 Palestinians

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announced Saturday that he had agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, most of whom have served 20 years or more for attacks on Israelis, to pave the way for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Washington in the coming days.

Netanyahu took the unusual measure of issuing what he called "an open letter to the citizens of Israel" to explain the contentious move, which many Israelis oppose, ahead of a Cabinet vote today.

The peace talks are expected to begin Tuesday after months of intense shuttle diplomacy by Secretary of State John Kerry. Netanyahu said restarting talks with Palestinians is vital to Israel's future.

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Indianapolis: A bus carrying teenagers returning to Indiana from a church camp in Michigan crashed Saturday, killing three people and sending 26 others to hospitals, officials said.

Puerto Rico: Tropical Storm Dorian became a tropical wave on Saturday as it pushed westward across the Atlantic.

Times wires

Netanyahu agrees to free 104 Palestinians

07/28/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:59pm]

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