After Smotrich’s comments, Gantz stresses return of hostages is ‘most urgent thing,’ a ‘moral imperative’

War cabinet minister Benny Gantz slams Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich after the ultranationalist politician said that the return of the hostages held in captivity in Gaza is not Israel’s priority, but that destroying Hamas is.

“The return of the hostages is not only a prime goal of ours in the war, it is our moral imperative as a country and as a people,” Gantz writes on X, formerly Twitter. “It is the most urgent thing. We will not miss any opportunity to bring them home.”

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