Netanyahu says ‘strong military pressure and firm negotiations’ are key to freeing hostages

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a cabinet meeting at Hakirya base in Tel Aviv on January 7, 2024. (Yariv Katz/POOL)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a cabinet meeting at Hakirya base in Tel Aviv on January 7, 2024. (Yariv Katz/POOL)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeats his insistence that Hamas is hamstringing the current truce talks in Cairo with its “delusional demands.”

“This week we freed two of our hostages in a careful military operation,” he says in a video statement. “So far we have freed 112 of our hostages with a combination of strong military pressure and firm negotiations. This is also the key to freeing more of our captives — strong military pressure and firm negotiations.”

Therefore, he adds, “I insist that Hamas drop its delusional demands, and when they drop these demands we can move forward.”

His statement comes after he decided not to send an Israeli delegation back to Cairo Thursday for ongoing hostage release talks, which was met with anger from the Hostage and Missing Families Forum.

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