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Palestinians and Israelis Still Far Apart on Prisoners

Despite continuing discussions, Israel and the Palestinians remained far apart today on the issue of Palestinian prisoner releases. Israel says it is willing to free hundreds, while the Palestinians are demanding the release of thousands. Israel’s prime minister, Ariel Sharon, convened a special government committee on the matter, and the officials recommended for release a group of Palestinian prisoners whose cases have been reviewed by Israel’s security service, Shin Bet. The Shin Bet list now has 520 names, up from about 350 that were approved by Mr. Sharon’s cabinet on July 6, an Israeli official said. Full Story

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