Hanegbi says issue of Israeli hostages in Gaza is ‘central part’ of every discussion

National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi speaks to reporters at the Israel Defense Forces' Tel Aviv headquarters, October 14, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash 90)
National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi speaks to reporters at the Israel Defense Forces' Tel Aviv headquarters, October 14, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash 90)

National Security Council chief Tzachi Hanegbi says that the issue of the at least 200 hostages being held in Gaza is a top priority for Israel, including in discussions with foreign groups about humanitarian aid.

In a press briefing to reporters, Hanegbi says that the issue of the captives “is a central part of every discussion over humanitarian aid.” However he would not confirm or deny the existence of any talks or negotiations to free the hostages.

Hanegbi also says Hamas is trying to prevent residents of Gaza from evacuating southward as it wants to use them as “a human shield.”

The official thanks Biden for his upcoming flash visit tomorrow “in order to be with us in difficult times” as well as the ongoing US assurances that it will supply with Israel will all needed aid.

And Hanegbi warns that the IDF will take out every single Hamas member who took part in the murderous rampage in southern Israel on October 7: “We will find them and we will kill them.”

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