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Israel to release prisoners ahead of talks

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 - 01:33

Israel approves the release of 104 Arab prisoners in a move to facilitate the restart of peace talks. Andrew Raven reports.

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As Israel prepares to to release more than 100 Arab prisoners, these protesters are angry. The planned prisoners' release is a bid to restart peace talks with Palestinians and end nearly three years of diplomatic standstill. But for these protesters, releasing the prisoners is what they call an "indescribable crime." (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ELIYAHU NISSIM, DEMONSTRATOR, SAYING: "You don't release murderous terrorists. It's an indescribable crime, spitting in the face of the bereaved families and the Israeli people." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the plan - approved Sunday - a "very painful decision." But he said it was necessary to revive peace talks with Palestinian officials. In the West Bank city of Hebron, Abdel Wahab Al Qaraqe can't wait to see his nephew released from an Israeli jail. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ABDEL WAHAB AL QARAQE, UNCLE OF PRISONER WHO ACCORDING TO LOCAL MEDIA IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED FROM ISRAELI JAIL, SAYING: "We can't express our feeling, any human being would feel the same. For 20 years he has been in jail, which is the period of his youth. And we were prevented from visiting him. So we hope, God willing, to see him as soon as possible." Officials said Netanyahu's plan calls for freeing inmates in at least four stages stretched over a nine-month period. The first group is expected to be released over the next few weeks.

Israel to release prisoners ahead of talks

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 - 01:33

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