National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir commented that he is concerned about the implications of a prisoner exchange deal.
"I am very concerned that this will lead to some kind of deal. As an aside, I do not like to use the word deal in the context of hostages," the Minister commented.
"I am concerned that we are once again being excluded from the Cabinet, and once again not being told the truth. Once again we are being pushed to the side."
"The implications are that Israel will once again commit a massive mistake, as was done in the Shalit deal. You remember how we released Shalit - we freed [Hamas leader Yahya] Sinwar and his friends, and so brought upon ourselves the current war."
"There is another thing, which is the conceptualization of the War Cabinet, and without referring to what I have said in all other years, let us consider what is happening now: We discussed a deal of 80 hostages released, then dropped to 70 then to 50. First we said there would be no food, then no fuel. Right now both are reaching Gaza."
Ben-Gvir further criticized the War Cabinet: "I asked: How can we do such a thing? How can we send even a drop of fuel in there when you know that the Red Cross is not visiting the infants, children, and women being held. This is stupid! This is insane! Unfortunately, [Benny] Gantz and [Gadi] Eisenkot are dragging the Cabinet to bad places."