ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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Mother of hostage calls to PM: ‘I voted for you at the ballot box. When will you vote for me?’

Cnaan Lidor is The Times of Israel's Jewish World reporter

Matan Zangauker was taken captive by Hamas terrorists to Gaza on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)
Matan Zangauker was taken captive by Hamas terrorists to Gaza on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)

Einav Zangauker, whose son Matan is being held hostage in Gaza, calls for an end to the fighting in Gaza to retrieve the hostages.

These terms, she says before thousands of people in Tel Aviv’s Hostages Square, “are part of a framework for a deal that could bring the hostages tomorrow morning, but you are hiding the terms from us and preventing the deal,” Zangauker adds, addressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

She accuses him for “not protecting” her because on February 6, a passerby shoved her while she was protesting in front of the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv. The protester told her that she was hampering Israel’s war effort by protesting.

Zangauker, who said she had voted for Netanyahu and his Likud party, urges him “not to get squeezed by [Itamar] Ben Gvir and [Bezalel] Smotrich,” Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition partners, who have threatened to topple his government if he pursues what they termed a “reckless deal.”

She adds: ‘I voted for you at the ballot box. When will you vote for me?”

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