Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he will release 250 Fatah members from Israeli prisons as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah.
Mr. Olmert made the announcement Monday during a summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh with Mr. Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and Jordan's King Abdullah.
Ahead of the summit, Mr. Olmert played down expectations the talks could result in a breakthrough. Instead, he said the meeting will be important because it will show all four leaders expressing a desire to build on a process of peacemaking.
But Palestinian officials say they want to see negotiations resume on ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and on progress toward the establishment of a Palestinian state.
The Islamic militant group Hamas staged a violent takeover of the Gaza Strip earlier this month.
On Sunday, Israel's government approved the release of some 600-million dollars in withheld tax revenues to Mr. Abbas.