(JNS.org) Although U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry said last week that the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams would
keep the details of their renewed talks confidential, chief Palestinian
negotiator Saeb Erekat on Saturday said Israel would release 26 Palestinian
prisoners on Aug. 13, Israel Hayom
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Credit: Seeds of Peace via Wikimedia Commons.
This will be the
first phase of the four-stage prisoner release, entailing the freeing of 104
Palestinian terrorists imprisoned before the 1993 Oslo Accords, that Israel
agreed to in order to restart Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.
The Israel Security
Agency (Shin Bet) is currently formulating the lists of the four groups of
Palestinian prisoners to be released over the course of the next nine months,
the time window that has been set for the new negotiations.
On July 28, the Israeli cabinet approved the
release of 104 terrorists who have been imprisoned in Israeli jails since
before the 1993 Oslo Accords.