Hostage’s Relative: Israel Won’t Prioritize Release Over Defeating Hamas

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    Tal Chaimi (right), here with his wife Ella, was taken captive by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak (Courtesy)

    TEL AVIV, Israel — A relative of a hostage captured by Hamas said late Monday that Israel’s top officials told him and other families of the captives they won’t prioritize their release over defeating Hamas.

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    Udi Goren, whose cousin Tal Chaimi is in captivity in Gaza, was one of several family members of hostages who met with the war cabinet, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    “What we’ve heard is that taking down Hamas and bringing the hostages (home) are … equally important,” Goren told reporters after coming out of the meeting in Tel Aviv.

    “This is incredibly disappointing because … we know that taking down Hamas, we keep hearing from them (it) is going to take months or years and it’s going to take a long time,” Goren said.

    Goren also said the war cabinet — a body set up immediately after the Hamas attack and made up of Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant, the Minister of Defense and former military chief turned politician, Benny Gantz — did not share any details about any possible deal to release the hostages.


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    Independent
    Independent
    7 months ago

    Negotiating with terrorists is what got us here in the first place. We need our hostages back. The question is whether the price is the blood of more people.

    Lgb
    Lgb
    6 months ago

    While I feel for the relatives of the hostages, they should not be listened to regarding a war

    A concerned yid
    A concerned yid
    6 months ago

    They are right. This is not anymore about saving lives! This is trying to show the world kochi veotzem yadi! They are sacrificing young men for political reasons! Every soldier murdered is one too many! They are also children and husband’s and etc!

    Paul Near Philadelphia
    Paul Near Philadelphia
    7 months ago

    It is more important to win the war than to save lives.