Following an in-depth 4.5-hour discussion, the Security Cabinet voted 7-3, to approve the agreement between Israel and Turkey.
Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and the head of the negotiating team, Dr. Yosef Ciechanover, also participated in the discussion.
The Security Cabinet also decided:
* To hold a discussion as soon as possible on the conditions of incarceration for Hamas prisoners in Israel as long as the issue of the bodies of soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin and of Israeli citizens Avra Mangisto and Hisham Al-Said, who are being held in Gaza, is unresolved;
* To form a ministerial team from among its members to continuously monitor and deal with the issue of the captives and MIAs, including the creation of leverage on Hamas;
* To hold a discussion as soon as possible on the recommendations of the Shamgar commission on Israel’s policy regarding events involving captives and MIAs.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the other minister thanked Dr. Ciechanover, Mossad Director Cohen, acting National Security Council Chairman Yaakov Nagal, Dr. Galit Rejwan from the Justice Ministry and all those who were involved in the negotiations.