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Families of Hostages Set Up Tents Outside PM’s Residence, Urging Swift Resolution

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A poignant demonstration unfolded outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence as families and protesters, organized by the Hostages and Missing Families Forum, gathered to press the Israeli government for action in securing the release of hostages held by Hamas. The protest walked a delicate line, seeking accountability without overt condemnation.

Recent reports indicate a potential plan involving the US, Egypt, and Qatar to bring an extended halt to the conflict, facilitate the return of hostages, and pave the way for full normalization between Israel and its neighbors, coupled with talks on establishing a Palestinian state.

Israel estimates that 132 hostages remain in Gaza, despite a November deal that saw the release of 105 civilians. The IDF confirmed 28 deaths among those still held by Hamas, raising concerns about the safety of the remaining hostages. Families, displaying signs with the faces of their loved ones, called on the government to take decisive action.

Orin Gantz, mourning the loss of her daughter, urged Netanyahu to prioritize the hostages over ego. Gilad Korngold, father of a hostage, expressed frustration over unfulfilled promises and demanded tangible results.

The families, seeking a resolution to the protracted hostage situation, pitched tents outside Netanyahu’s residence, signaling their determination to stay until a deal is reached.

Notably, Hamas also retains the bodies of fallen IDF soldiers and two Israeli civilians. The families’ demonstration underscores their plea for a compassionate resolution, emphasizing their love for their children above any animosity towards Hamas.

The protest follows reports from the Wall Street Journal detailing a potential plan for a comprehensive ceasefire, the return of hostages, and broader regional normalization. As the families endure the pain of separation, their resilience and demand for government action stand as a testament to the urgent need for resolution in this deeply distressing humanitarian crisis.

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