Right-wing Israeli Minister Urged Cabinet to Vote for Release of Palestinian Prisoners

Likud’s Gideon Sa’ar says a prisoner release wards off a crisis with the West and is preferable to talks based on the 1967 borders or a construction freeze in the settlements.

Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar says he supported the prisoner release at the cabinet meeting Sunday to prevent a serious diplomatic crisis with the United States and Israel’s other Western allies. Israel is releasing 104 Palestinian prisoners ahead of peace talks with the Palestinians.