Palestinian youths take a nap as they wait with other passengers to cross into Egypt at Rafah border
Palestinian youths take a nap as they wait with other passengers to cross into Egypt at Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip. August 12, 2013. Photo by Reuters
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Israel's High Court of Justice on Tuesday rejected a petition to prevent the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners as part of renewed U.S.-brokered peace talks. Twenty-six of those prisoners, some said to have "blood on their hands," are set to be released tonight to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The story of a Palestinian farmer named Atef Ahmed gives an indication of how Israeli police in the West Bank view the concept of “equality before the law.”

An Al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for a rocket that was fired from Sinai toward the southern Israeli city of Eilat early on Tuesday, calling it retaliation for the killing of four guerrillas in Sinai on Friday.

Israel's Interior Ministry gave final approval on Monday to a plan to build 890 new apartments in Gilo, a settlement neighborhood beyond the Green Line in southern Jerusalem, just one day before Palestinian leadership is slated to make a final decision on whether to attend Wednesday’s scheduled negotiating session.

Russia wants a Syria peace conference to be held as soon as possible but it is unlikely to go ahead before October because there is a busy diplomatic schedule before then, a Russian diplomat said on Tuesday.

Businesses run by African migrants in south Tel Aviv are due to be be shut down in a joint operation launched by the police, the Tel Aviv municipality and the Health Ministry. One business in the Shapira neighborhood was closed on Monday and 25 more were to be shut in the following 24 hours. 

Egypt has sharply cut the number of Palestinians allowed to enter from the Gaza Strip since its military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last month, Gaza's Hamas leaders said on Monday.

The high incidence of suicide in the Israel Defense Forces will be discussed at an upcoming Knesset committee meeting, MK Yoel Razbozov (Yesh Atid) said on Monday, following the publication in Haaretz of a new report compiled by the Knesset Research and Information Center on suicides among soldiers.