Hanegbi confirms 150-200 hostages held in Gaza; ‘no way to have a negotiation’ right now

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Relatives of Shaked Haran from Kibbutz Be'eri near the Gaza border missing and believed to have been in Hamas captivity since Saturday, October 7, 2023. (Courtesy)
Relatives of Shaked Haran from Kibbutz Be'eri near the Gaza border missing and believed to have been in Hamas captivity since Saturday, October 7, 2023. (Courtesy)

National Security Council Head Tzachi Hanegbi confirms about 150-200 Israeli hostages are being held in the Gaza Strip, but said that the government, seven days after their capture, still does not know all of their identities and their status.

Hanegbi confirms that no active negotiation efforts are underway to repatriate Israelis kidnapped by Hamas last Saturday, saying that “there is no way right now to have a negotiation.”

“Israel will not hold negotiations with an enemy that we have vowed to wipe from the face of the earth,” he adds.

He says that the government’s liaison for hostages, Gal Hirsch, updates Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a few times a day.”

The government, and its representative Hirsch, have come under fire from hostages’ families for not sharing information, or even initiating contact, with the families of captured Israelis.

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