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On Wednesday morning the Ministry of Justice published a list containing the names of 300 prisoners "intended for release" as part of the hostages deal.

The government approved the hostage deal, brought forward by the War Cabinet, by a large majority of 35 in favor and 31 against. The Religious Zionist ministers voted in favor. Only Otzma Yehudit ministers led by Itamar Ben Gvir voted against.

Opposition leader MK Yair Lapid responded Wednesday morning to the government's decision to approve the deal , saying, "We support the agreed outline, the State of Israel has a supreme obligation to continue working to bring all the hostages home, until the very last one. We embrace and support the families of the hostages."

US President Joe Biden welcomed the deal to release the hostages held by Hamas, which was approved by the government, and promised to make sure that it "will be carried out in full."

"I welcome the deal to release the hostages kidnapped by the terrorist organization in its brutal attack against Israel on October 7," added Biden.

The vast majority of the prisoners to be released in this deal are under age 20. Many are Israeli citizens, and a large percentage belong to a terrorist organization (Hamas, Fatah, PFLP, PIJ and others). All have been involved in criminal activities, including attempted murder, stabbing attacks, support of terrorism, actions endangering state security, causing severe bodily harm, stone throwing, arson, bearing illegal arms, and more.