Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon commented on the government's decision to release prisoners as part of renewed peace talks and said, "In the future the strategic considerations for the decision will be revealed. We had to choose between a bad decision and an ever worse one. It was not an easy day. These are murderers and of course we'll pay a cost in terms of deterrence."
Ya'alon further remarked that he decided to postpone the enlistment of 550 haredim to November
"because we still need to pass the new draft bill in second and third readings." (Yoav Zitun)