Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuMarc Israel Sellem/POOL

Anonymous witnesses from the negotiating team for the release of the hostages claim that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preventing the advancement of a deal with Hamas.

Channel 12 News on Thursday published a recorded testimony of one of the members of the team who claimed, "We experienced a lack of attention on the part of the Prime Minister to accept ideas and suggestions."

"The Israeli government is not doing everything, nor is it doing what is expected of it. There may be a deal in the end, but it is a worse deal than what we could have achieved two months ago and we will receive fewer hostages alive. We cannot waste any more time," added the team member.

The Prime Minister's Office responded, "Hamas, who continues to present hallucinatory demands, is the one who is delaying the return of our hostages. The Prime Minister is working around the clock to free the hostages."