JERUSALEM - Israel set free 26 Palestinian prisoners on
Tuesday as part of US-brokered peace efforts, after pledging to press ahead
with plans to build more homes in Jewish settlements.
US Secretary of
State John Kerry, whose shuttle diplomacy led to a resumption of the
negotiations in July after a three-year break, was due to return on Thursday to
seek a framework agreement in talks that have shown few signs of
Israel agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners
- the latest group is the third of four to go free - as part of the US-led
efforts that coaxed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiations
after a three-year break.