Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel’s government has approved the release of 26 long-term Palestinian prisoners, as part of a deal which will see peace talks resume next week.

A three-member ministerial committee published a list of which prisoners would be freed on Tuesday, reports the BBC.

The delay allows time for last-minute legal challenges by victims’ families.

The announcement came after Palestinian officials accused Israel of trying to sabotage the peace talks by approving nearly 1,200 new settlement homes.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev dismissed the criticism.

About 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

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