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Israelis give vent to their anger against Netanyahu’s cruelty

Israelis give vent to their anger against Netanyahu’s cruelty

Israelis give vent to their anger against Netanyahu’s cruelty

TAL AVIV: (Web Desk) Anger is growing in Israel over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to agree to a deal with Hamas as the Gaza war grinds through a fourth month.

On Monday, the relatives of Israelis being held hostage in Gaza by Hamas have stormed a parliamentary committee session in Jerusalem, and demanded lawmakers do more to free their loved ones, reprted Aljazeera on Monday.

The action by a group of around 20 relatives illustrated the growing anger over Netanyahu’s refusal to agree to the deal with the Palestinian group.

One woman held up pictures of three family members who were among the 253 people seized in the cross-border Hamas rampage of October 7 that triggered the massive Israeli operation in the enclave.

The anger of the families has not been confined to official buildings. Relatives and supporters of the hostages once again rallied near Netanyahu’s residence in West Jerusalem on Sunday night.

Gilad Korenbloom, whose son is a hostage in Gaza, said, “We are asking our government to listen, to sit down at the negotiating table and decide whether to accept this agreement or any other that would suit Israel.”

In November. around 100 of the hostages were released during a week-long truce while some 130 remain held in Gaza.

The protesters chanted, “Release them now, now, now!”

US, Qatari and Egyptian efforts at mediation seem far from reconciling the two sides. Netanyahu has insisted that Israel will continue its campaign until Hamas is destroyed. The Palestinian group demands that Israel withdraw and free all of the thousands of Palestinians from its prisons for Israeli captives to be released.

The fate of the hostages – 27 of whom Tel Aviv says have died in captivity – has riveted Israel.

However, the relatives fear that war fatigue could soften that focus. Demonstrations that initially promoted national unity have become more aggressive.

Parliament ushers, often quick to eject hecklers or protesters, stood by during the ruckus in the Knesset Finance Committee. One lawmaker covered her face with her hands.

Panel chairman Moshe Gafni, head of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party in Netanyahu’s coalition, stood up, called a halt to the economic briefing under way and sought to calm the protester.

He said, “Redeeming captives is the most important precept in Judaism, especially in this case, where there is an urgency to preserving life.” But he added: “Quitting the coalition would not achieve anything.”

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