Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered deal to restart peace talks.
Eleven inmates returned home to a hero's welcome in the West Bank.
15 others were greated by crowds of supporters and relatives in Gaza.
Both sides are to meet in Jerusalem in a few hours to try to solve one of the longest-standing conflicts in the world.
Al Jazeera's Sue Turton reports from Ramallah.