Minister Strock: ‘Terrible’ hostage deal throws war goals in ‘trash’ to save 22-33 people

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Settlements and National Projects Minister Orit Strock attends a Constitution, Law and Justice Committee meeting at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on March 18, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Settlements and National Projects Minister Orit Strock attends a Constitution, Law and Justice Committee meeting at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on March 18, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Settlements and National Projects Minister Orit Strock rails against the “terrible” hostage deal being negotiated in Egypt, saying that it calls into question the government’s right to continue in power.

There are “soldiers who left everything behind and went out to fight for goals that the government defined, and we throw it in the trash to save 22 people or 33 or I don’t know how many,” she tells Army Radio. “Such a government has no right to exist.”

Her rhetoric echoes that of Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, the leader of her Religious Zionism party, who on Tuesday appeared to threaten to bolt the coalition if it approves an agreement currently being negotiated in Egypt.

This is not the first time that Strock has criticized the conduct of the war against Hamas, having questioned the conduct of Israeli Air Force pilots regarding air support for ground troops in Gaza in December.

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