The Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams will resume peace talks Monday night in Washington, D.C. after the cabinet approved the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners who have been imprisoned since before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
These 104 inmates were responsible, all told, for the deaths of 55 civilians, 15 soldiers, one female tourist, as well as dozens of Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel.
Israel's negotiating team for the peace talks with the Palestinians will meet on Monday with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the world body's headquarters in New York, as the two sides prepare to resume negotiations after a three-year deadlock.
A Haifa court has acquitted seven Israeli Arabs of attempted murder, but convicted them of attempted homicide and aggravated assault in the 2005 lynching of Jewish terrorist Eden Natan-Zada. The four were involved in an attack on Natan-Zada shortly after he shot dead four people and wounded 20 others aboard a bus in Shfaram.
Zaki Sabah, the Jerusalem bagel vendor who was sentenced to ten years in prison for unpaid fines, was released on Sunday after the prosecution decided to no longer pursue imprisonment. His jailing drew a public outcry.
Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. The Pope digressed from the position of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who declared that men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.
Due to the delay in the passage of Israel's new draft-reform bill, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has decided to defer the conscription of 560 yeshiva students who have already received their draft notices until November. They were to be drafted on August 18. Opponents say Ya'alon's decision spits in the face of other young men serving in the IDF.
Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president marched toward a military facility in defiance of an army warning in the early hours of Monday, risking a new confrontation after dozens were shot dead at the weekend. The Muslim Brotherhood said the destination was the military intelligence headquarters, despite an army statement warning protesters to steer clear of military installations.
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