Israel to free first group of Palestinian prisoners ahead of peace talks
JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israel on Monday published a list of 26 Palestinian prisoners set to go free within days, some after spending more than two decades behind bars, in the first stage of a deal that led to a resumption of US-backed peace talks last month.
The decision was made late on Sunday by a panel of three cabinet ministers headed by Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon and security and legal personnel.
Families of Israelis victimised by the inmates' attacks have 48 hours to appeal their planned release to the high court.
Based on past decisions, the court was unlikely to intervene.