Hostage relatives group says Gantz departure shouldn’t affect support for deal

A small airship calling for their release of hostages held in Gaza flies over Tel Aviv on June 9, 2024. (JACK GUEZ / AFP)
A small airship calling for their release of hostages held in Gaza flies over Tel Aviv on June 9, 2024. (JACK GUEZ / AFP)

The Hostages and Missing Families Forum says in a statement that the departure of Benny Gantz and his National Unity party from the coalition should not affect support for a deal to free the captives and halt fighting in Gaza.

“The Netanyahu Deal is still on the table, and only it can return all the hostages: The living to rehabilitation and the dead to burial,” the statement reads.

The forum calls on the government to approve a deal, though Hamas has indicated that it will not agree to the terms without a commitment to completely end the war.

“The State of Israel will not forgive leaders who abandon the hostages to the Hamas tunnels,” the statement reads.

Far-right members of Netanyahu’s cabinet who are opposed to a deal with Hamas have indicated that they will attempt to finagle more influence over government decisions in the wake of Gantz’s resignation.

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