Hostage families: ‘We see the happiness today. The people are with us and ready to pay the price for a deal’

File - Einav Zangauker, mother of Matan Zangauker who is being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, sits on the street near the Begin Gate at the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, June 1, 2024. (Paulina Patimer / Pro-Democracy Protest Movement)
File - Einav Zangauker, mother of Matan Zangauker who is being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, sits on the street near the Begin Gate at the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, June 1, 2024. (Paulina Patimer / Pro-Democracy Protest Movement)

Representatives of some of the hostages held in Gaza call for the government to do whatever it takes to make a hostage deal, saying that an agreement is the only way for all the captives to come home.

Einav Zangauker, mother of hostage Matan Zangauker, says that the country is “all one family.”

“We are calling for a deal. We all deserve to hug our loved ones. I want to hug Matan. We cannot miss this chance,” she says.

“There are still 120 hostages in the hell of Gaza. The only way to get them all back is via a deal. The people are with us and are ready to pay the price of the war ending to bring them home,” she says.

“We see the happiness when the four came home. It made us one people who want a deal now,” she says.

Merav Svirsky, the sister of Itay Svirsky, who was killed while held by terrorists in Gaza and was held for a prolonged period along with Noa Argamani, rescued by Israeli troops today, echoes Zanguaker’s plea.

“There are families who cannot share in the happiness today. There is a chance for a deal, the only way to bring them all home is with a deal and an end to the war,” she says.

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