Mossad gets a green light from the War Cabinet to proceed with a Qatari proposal to release Israeli prisoners in the Gaza Strip

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The Israeli Foreign Intelligence Service (Mossad) obtained an approval from the War Cabinet, on Saturday evening, to move forward with the Qatari proposal to release Israeli prisoners in the Gaza Strip.

According to the Israeli Broadcasting Authority, the Israeli War Cabinet gave the green light to Mossad director David Barnea to move forward with the Qatari proposal.

The Qatari proposal includes the release of dozens of Israeli prisoners in Gaza, in exchange for a ceasefire for weeks.

The Qataris say that Hamas is no longer demanding a halt to the war, in order to move forward with the deal, and communications with the Qataris regarding the deal are very advanced.

According to the Israeli Broadcasting Authority, the War Cabinet is expected to meet on Sunday to discuss the prisoner deal and the issue of the next day of the war in Gaza.

At the request of Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, the expanded government will also discuss the issue of control of Gaza after the war.

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority quoted an informed official as saying, “The discussion focuses on a humanitarian exchange deal, but the price that Israel will have to pay during the ceasefire and the release of Palestinian prisoners will be heavier”.

During the past week, official and private Israeli media reported that the Israeli government was discussing a Qatari proposal regarding a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas, which includes the release of dozens of prisoners in exchange for a complete ceasefire for several weeks.

Hamas requires a comprehensive ceasefire in Gaza to begin prisoner exchange negotiations.

Earlier on Saturday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference without Ministers Yoav Galant and Benny Gantz, who refused to participate in the conference.

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