Father of lone soldier held in Gaza: Winning war seems more important to PM than return of hostages

Ronen and Orna Neutra hold portraits of their son Omer Neutra, 22, as relatives and supporters of Israeli hostages held in Gaza since the October 7 attacks by Hamas terrorists, gather before the start of a four-day march to Jerusalem calling for their release, on February 28, 2024, at the site of the Supernova music festival in southern Israel. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)
Ronen and Orna Neutra hold portraits of their son Omer Neutra, 22, as relatives and supporters of Israeli hostages held in Gaza since the October 7 attacks by Hamas terrorists, gather before the start of a four-day march to Jerusalem calling for their release, on February 28, 2024, at the site of the Supernova music festival in southern Israel. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

The father of kidnapped US-born lone soldier Omer Neutra says that he does not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief priority in the war against Hamas is the return of the hostages, after the premier met directly with families of captive IDF soldiers for the first time since October 7.

“He is working [for the return of the hostages], but victory in the war is more important,” Ronen Neutra tells Kan public radio. “We did not receive any details about the negotiations. He claimed we’re holding assets that Hamas really wants.”

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