Qatari Ambassador to the US Meshal bin Hamad al Thani has spoken with an Israeli man whose wife and three children are being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, the Ynet news website reports.
Avichai Brodetz, who has been staging a one-man vigil outside Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, thanked the envoy for Qatar’s efforts to free the hostages, according to the report.
He asked al Thani to keep up the intensive contact to free his family and the 30-odd other children kidnapped by terrorists on October 7, Ynet reports.
The talks are the first known contact between Qatar and Israeli civilians seeking the return of their loved ones. Reports indicate that the Israeli point man on the issue, Gal Hirsch, has been largely sidelined.
There is no confirmation of the talks from Qatar.