Some hostages’ relatives to Netanyahu: You are the obstacle to a deal; we will hound you until you are ousted

Einav Zangauker, mother of Matan Zangauker, who is held hostage in Gaza, demands the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a demonstration in Tel Aviv on March 30, 2024 (Facebook screenshot).
Einav Zangauker, mother of Matan Zangauker, who is held hostage in Gaza, demands the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a demonstration in Tel Aviv on March 30, 2024 (Facebook screenshot).

Twenty families of hostages held by Hamas terrorists in Gaza blame Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the failure in talks to return their loved ones, urge his ouster and vow to hound him until he is removed from power.

Relatives include Ayala Metzger, whose father-in-law Yoram Metzger is held in captivity, and Einav Zangauker, mother of Matan Zangauker, who is also held in Gaza.

Speaking to the press at a demonstration in Tel Aviv, the relatives say that Netanyahu has rejected offers to release hostages and has hardened the Israeli position in negotiations with Hamas.

“He is the obstacle to a deal,” they say, stating that the prime minister is making decisions without consulting the cabinet, and is only serving his own interests.

Relatives also say the coalition has conducted a smear campaign against the hostages’ families.

Einav Zangauker, in her prepared statement, says Netanyahu’s handling of the hostages issue has been “incomprehensible and criminal.”

“Prime Minister Netanyahu, after you abandoned our families on October 7, and after 176 days when you didn’t bring a deal [for their return], and because you are continually engaged in torpedoing a deal, we have realized that you are the obstacle to the deal. You are the obstacle. You are the one who stands between us and the return home of our loved ones,” she says.

“You are the obstacle deliberately thwarting a deal, so we have to do everything in our power to move this obstacle — you — aside. We have no choice,” she goes on.

“We have realized that if we don’t immediately act to move you away from the steering wheel, we won’t get to see our loved ones returning home alive and fast, and we won’t get to see our dead returned for burial in Israel, and therefore it won’t be possible for the State of Israel to recover from the great disaster. So today we are compelled to begin a new stage in our struggle.”

“From now,” she pledges, “we will work to immediately replace you. We have concluded that that is the fastest way to bring a deal… We will demonstrate and demand your ouster. We will publicly hound you.”

With the support of the public, Zangauker concludes, “We won’t stop until you give up your position to a different leader who can save our loved ones from captivity in Gaza.”

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