Israel Frees 26 Palestinian Prisoners

    FILE- In this March 14, 2011, file photo, a general view of a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit. Israel approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, a government official said Friday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to the Palestinians' successful United Nations recognition bid. The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to accept "Palestine" in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem as a non-member observer state, setting off jubilant celebrations among Palestinians. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

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    Less than a month after Israel vowed to release a group of Palestinian prisoners, 26 inmates were driven to freedom in the West Bank and Gaza. The 26, who were named shortly after midnight on Sunday, are the first of 104 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners who will be released in the next few months. The agreement between Israel and Palestine was made in effort to restart peace talks between the two nations. The plan seems to be working. The two have already begun direct talks—the first to occur in three years.

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