Israel spokesperson shocked by Sky News host's 'disgusting' suggestion about hostage deal with Hamas

Kay Burley suggested that Israel's release of 150 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for 50 hostages taken by Hamas suggests that the Jewish state views Palestinian lives as less valuable.

A recent exchange between an Israeli government spokesperson and Sky News host Kay Burley sparked controversy and went viral on social media. The interview focused on the release of hostages as part of the temporary ceasefire agreement with Hamas.

During the conversation, Burley suggested that Israel agreeing to release 150 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for 50 hostages taken by Hamas could be interpreted as the Jewish State considering Palestinian lives less valuable.

"I was speaking to a hostage negotiator this morning. He made the comparison between the 50 hostages that Hamas promised to release as opposed to the 150 prisoners that are Palestinians that Israel has said that it will release. And he made the comparison between the numbers and the fact that does Israel not think Palestinian lives are valued as highly as Israeli lives?" Burley asked.

Eylon Levy, the Israeli spokesperson, was extremely surprised by the presenter's comment and responded forcefully, calling the accusation "astonishing" and highlighting that in ideal circumstances, they would release one prisoner for each hostage.

"If we could release one prisoner for every one hostage, we would obviously do that. We are operating in horrific circumstances," he said.

Levy also explained that, unlike the hostages held by Hamas, who are innocent civilians, Israel is releasing Palestinian prisoners convicted of violent attacks, evidence that "Palestinian supporters" are not interested in proportionality when it comes to removing their prisoners.

"We are talking about people who have been convicted of stabbing and shooting attacks," he said, stressing that he finds the suggestion that Israel values ​​Palestinian lives less for being willing to release more prisoners than the hostages it is going to receive as "outrageous."

"Really, that's a disgusting accusation," he added.

The host did not show any relevant reaction to Levy's response and moved on to other questions about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his possible political survival after the recent crisis. However, the video of the interview went viral, sparking online debates about tensions in the region and the interpretation of Israel's actions in the context of the conflict with Hamas.