Hostage’s relative: PM’s aide told us government will only bring back hostages if deal pays off politically

Gil Dickmann, whose cousin Carmel Gat is held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, says National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi told relatives of captives yesterday that the government would only reach a deal to bring back their loved ones if it would politically benefit them.

“He said that if there is a way in which they can bring about the return of the hostages — it is if polls tell the government that from a political point of view, it will pay off,” Dickmann tells Army Radio, a day after Hanegbi was quoted by Channel 12 saying the government would not stop the war to free the remaining captives.

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