Israel OKs release of 441 Palestinian detainees ahead of peace talks Katerina Ossenova at 9:40 AM ET
[JURIST] The Israeli cabinet on Monday approved the release of 441 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture of good will toward Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] in preparation for a US-sponsored peace conference [NPR report], scheduled to begin at the end of the month. The release [JURIST report] approved fell short of the demand for the release of 2,000 prisoners by Abbas and other Palestinian leaders who will participate in the peace talks.
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