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Netanyahu Slams Hostage Families’ Protests in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his disapproval of protests organized by families of hostages in Gaza, suggesting that these demonstrations are inadvertently aiding the Hamas group.

The remarks were made during a Tel Aviv press conference, where Netanyahu criticized the hostage families’ actions and their impact on the ongoing situation.

Netanyahu’s Critique of Hostage Families

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL. November 2, 2023. The camp of the families of Hamas hostages in Tel Aviv supported by other protest activists. They release yellow balloons with portraits of their close ones in the sky and do other acvitiview. Editorial image. — Photo by Roman_Yanushevsky

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his concerns regarding protests organized by families of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

Emotions vs. Pragmatism

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He said, “I understand that it is impossible to control one’s emotions,” he said.

But, the hostages’ protest movement “doesn’t help” and only “hardens Hamas’ demands and delays the results that we all want,” as reported by The Jerusalem Post.

Families Respond to Netanyahu

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL. November 2, 2023. The camp of the families of Hamas hostages in Tel Aviv supported by other protest activists. They release yellow balloons with portraits of their close ones in the sky and do other acvitiview. Editorial image. — Photo by Roman_Yanushevsky

In response to Netanyahu’s criticism, the hostage families issued a statement. In it, they said, “Prime Minister should remember that he is an elected official whose job it is to correct the mistakes” — a reference to the security failings on October 7 and the terror attacks on Israel by Hamas — “not to scold those whose family members were kidnapped.”

Netanyahu’s Government Objective

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Netanyahu reiterated that his government’s primary goal was to eliminate the threat posed by Hamas.

Persistence Until Mission Completion

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He asserted that the conflict would not cease until this mission was successfully accomplished.

Doubts About Capabilities

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Netanyahu told Anadolu Agency, a Turkish state news outlet, that, “There are people among us who doubt our capabilities, but they are a minority,”

Timing of Investigations

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The Prime Minister also commented on the timing of investigations into Hamas’s October 7 attacks, suggesting that they should be initiated after the conclusion of the conflict, rather than during its peak.

Jonathan Pollard’s Perspective

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Former US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted of spying for Israel, previously weighed in on the matter.

They Should Have Declared an Emergency

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“When Israel declared war, the first thing that the government should have done was declare a state of national emergency and told all the hostages: ‘You will keep your mouth shut or we will shut them for you,'” he said.

Hamas’s Temporary Ceasefire

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During a temporary ceasefire in November, Hamas released 105 hostages from Gaza.

October 7 Attacks

Hamas holds military parade to remember Israel’s 2014 offensive. July 20, 2022, Gaza Strip, Palestine: Brigadiers from Al-Qassam, the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas — Photo by thenews2.com

The Palestinian militant group’s attacks on October 7 resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,200 people in Israel and the abduction of around 240 others.

Israeli Response

GAZA STRIP – JAN 18 2009:Israeli soldiers partially withdraw from Gaza into Israel, as both Hamas and Israel announce separate cease-fires. — Photo by lucidwaters

Israel responded to the attacks with airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and a ground invasion.

Destruction in Gaza

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The Israeli strikes caused significant damage, with more than 60% of homes in Gaza destroyed, rendering the area “uninhabitable.”

Humanitarian Crisis

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that Gazans now make up 80% of those facing famine or catastrophic hunger worldwide.

Complex Conflict

February 2015: Gaza Strip immediately after the end of the conflict called “Protective Edge”

The situation in Gaza remains complex, with political, humanitarian, and security aspects that continue to challenge efforts towards resolution.

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