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Israel Releases More Palestinian Prisoners

As part of a new round of peace talks, Israel has released a second group of Palestinian prisoners. The move to free the 26 individuals has been met with outrage among many Israelis, as they were convicted of terrorism and killing Isreali citizens. In Gaza and the West Bank, where the men are largely viewed as heroes who fought for independence, the release sparked large celebrations. The new peace negotiations from leaders in both regions, recently brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, called for 104 prisoners to be released in the coming months. Following the prisoner release, which has been widely criticized in his country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the construction of new settlements in East Jerusalem, something Palestinian leaders have sharply criticized. It is unclear if the announcement of the 1,500 new homes will negatively affect the peace talks at this point …

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