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Israeli minister of Defense Ehud Barak says that U.S and Israeli administrations are on the same page regarding putting new sanctions on Iran. In an interview to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Minister Barak stated that evidence is piling up regarding Iranian intentions to produce nuclear warheads: “that will threaten not only Israel but Paris and Moscow as well. Iran is not just a challenge for Israel. I believe it is a challenge for the whole world, I can hardly think of a stable world order with a nuclear Iran.”

The State of Israel today released 224 Palestinian prisoners, thereby implementing a government decision made on 07 December. The release of prisoners is meant as a measure of building confidence in the moderate government of President Mahmoud Abbas and in the process of negotiations he has undertaken with Israel. Israel’s actions also send the message that the pursuit of terrorism and violence cannot achieve anything. Today’s prisoner release comes in honor of the Eid al-Adha holiday and in deference to the high priority given to this issue within Palestinian society. The Jerusalem Post has further information on these developments.