JERUSALEM – Israel and the Palestinians are gearing up for the expected release by Israel of 26 of the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners.
Israel has agreed to release the men, who were all convicted in deadly attacks of Israelis, as part of a U.S.-brokered package to restart peace talks. The release is expected late Monday or early Tuesday.
The move has caused an uproar in Israel, where many object to freeing convicted killers. A group of victims' families asked Israel's Supreme Court on Monday to block the release.
In an apparent attempt to blunt the criticism, Netanyahu is expected to approve plans to build 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in the coming days. The Palestinians say such construction undermines peace efforts.