Israel has increased security for cabinet members who received death threats from Jewish militants for supporting Israel's plan to pull out of the Gaza Strip.
In the latest threat, an Israeli newspaper (Yediot Aharonot) reports Transport Minister Meir Sheetrit received a letter saying his family will be killed if he continues to support the pullout plan.
Polls show at least two-thirds of Israelis favor ending the occupation of Gaza. But there is strong opposition from settlers and their supporters.
Meanwhile, an Israeli cabinet committee approved the release of 500 Palestinian prisoners in what is seen as a gesture to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. And Israeli officials say they will turn over to the Palestinians on Monday the remains of 15 militants killed in fighting last year.