Families of captives demand war cabinet approve any pending hostage deal

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

Families of hostages in Gaza hold a press conference at 'Hostage Square,' outside the Tel Aviv Art Museum, January 7, 2024. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Families of hostages in Gaza hold a press conference at 'Hostage Square,' outside the Tel Aviv Art Museum, January 7, 2024. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Ahead of the planned cabinet meeting this evening, the Hostages and Missing Families Forum demands that the cabinet approve any deal that will lead to the release of the hostages, as the families react to the possibility of a new Qatari offer to be discussed at the cabinet meeting.

Egypt, Qatar and the US have been serving as mediators between Israel and Hamas in weeks of intermittent talks. An Israeli delegation landed in Cairo earlier today for a new round of talks with Egypt on a possible swap of hostages held by Hamas for Palestinian security prisoners in Israel, according to an Egyptian official.

“The reports about a new deal that will be presented to the cabinet this evening offer a little hope to the families who are anxious about the fate of their loved ones,” says the statement from the forum. “The war cabinet must not concern itself with anything other than the return of the abductees. We demand that they approve any deal that will lead to their immediate release alive!”

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