Blinken to hostage families: Hamas needs to say yes; we will get this done

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) meets with the families of the hostages held by Hamas, outside of a hotel, in Tel Aviv, on May 1, 2024. (Evelyn Hockstein / POOL / AFP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) meets with the families of the hostages held by Hamas, outside of a hotel, in Tel Aviv, on May 1, 2024. (Evelyn Hockstein / POOL / AFP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with demonstrators calling for a hostage deal in Tel Aviv.

He also meets privately with families of American hostages held in Gaza.

“Bringing your loved ones home is at the heart of everything we’re trying to do, and we will not rest until everyone – man, woman, soldier, civilian, young, old – is back home,” Blinken tells the families.

“There is a very strong proposal on the table right now,” Blinken continues. “Hamas needs to say yes and needs to get this done. That is our determination, and we will not rest, we will not stop until you’re reunited with your loved ones. So please keep strong, keep the faith. We will be with you every single day until we get this done.”

Blinken’s next meeting is with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

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