Israel's Goodwill Gesture: 198 Palestinians Freed

Israel released 198 Palestinian prisoners today as a gesture of support for Palestinian President Mohammad Abbas, who promptly told a crowd of supporters he would seek the release of Marwan Barghouti, a convicted terrorist who is seen as a possible president of a future Palestinian state. The prisoner release came hours before U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Israel to renew her push for a Mideast peace deal by the end of the year. In Ramallah, Abbas told cheering crowds at...Full Story
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