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Israeli PM's partner voting against prisoner deal

Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — A main coalition partner of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will vote against freeing Palestinian prisoners as part of U.S efforts to resume peace talks.

Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home Party spoke Sunday ahead of a cabinet vote on the prisoners' release at a protest with families who lost loved ones in Palestinian attacks. Bennett's party is the third biggest in parliament.

The Cabinet is expected to vote on the release as part of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's attempts to revive peace talks that collapsed in 2008.

A preliminary meeting of Israeli and Palestinian negotiators is expected in Washington this week.

That will be followed by nine months of talks in the region on setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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