ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 141

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Hostage families demand meeting with war cabinet after reports it declined to send representative to Cairo hostage talks

Israelis attend a rally outside the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv calling for the release of Israelis held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, February 8, 2024. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90)
Israelis attend a rally outside the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv calling for the release of Israelis held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, February 8, 2024. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90)

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum sends a letter to the war cabinet to demand a meeting over reports that it chose not to send a delegation to Cairo for further hostage deal negotiations.

The decision not to send representatives to Cairo follows reports of “coordinated government attacks on the deal’s outline, which could torpedo it and sentence the hostages to death,” the letter states.

As a result of these reports and several other similar items, the Forum writes that “difficult questions arise regarding the cabinet’s commitment to the release of the hostages.”

“Worse, a violent incitement campaign portrays the hostages and their family members as an enemy to be removed from the national agenda or silenced.”

The letter ends with a request for an immediate meeting between the Forum and the members of the war cabinet to determine “if it is still committed to the release of the abductees or if the powers should be transferred to a party that sees itself as committed to saving their lives.”

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