Cabinet meeting
Cabinet meetingHaim Zach (GPO)

The Security Cabinet today (Thursday) approved the decision that the imprisoned Nukhba Force terrorists who carried out the massacre in southern Israel on October 7 will receive humanitarian visits.

The decision was made despite the fact that none of the Israeli hostages who were kidnapped on October 7 have ever received a single humanitarian visit in the more than 200 days since the massacre.

The terrorists will be visited by two foreign observers and an Israeli judge, and they will pass on information about the terrorists' condition.

The decision was made at the behest of the British government, which demanded the right have its representatives visit the terrorists to ensure their humanitarian situation is maintained.

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir opposed the move. Ben-Gvir presented to Netanyahu a series of arguments for his opposition. He stated, "It is a demand designed to weaken us in negotiations. The prisoners' condition only pressures Hamas'. He also noted that 'Israeli abductees did not receive any similar visit by an international body in Hamas captivity."

Ben-Gvir said, "The British apparently did not internalize that the mandate has ended and the White Paper is not in force. The Prison Service has a professional and independent inspection system, and their demand for an inspection visit is an infringement on sovereignty. No self-respecting country would agree to this."

He added that Israel should demand reciprocity - if an international representative will visit the abducted in Gaza, Israel should agree to an identical visit to the terrorists imprisoned in Israel due to their involvement in the massacre.