WASHINGTON — In preparation for another round of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, Israel will release a second set of Palestinian prisoners to jump start peace talks.
Reuters reported that 26 prisoners will be released in the second phase of the deal, where Israel agreed to release 105 prisoners in four phases. The agreement was made in July and was confirmed by the Israeli government in August.
It has been nearly three years since negotiations took place between the opposing sides after Palestinians protested construction of Jewish settlements in former Palestinian lands.
Israel is split between those who approve and disapprove of the compromise, with far-right members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticizing him and left-wing politicians voicing their support for the prisoner release. The prisoners have been held for committing anti-Israeli violence before a 1993 peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians.