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Smotrich urges Netanyahu not to send representative to Cairo for hostage talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich attend a Knesset vote on the state budget, February 7, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich attend a Knesset vote on the state budget, February 7, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich calls on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to send an Israeli representative to Cairo for hostage negotiations.

Israel has held off on sending a team to Cairo following what it has characterized as Hamas’s “delusional” demands in responding to the hostage deal framework crafted by US, Qatari, and Egyptian mediators. However, it is reportedly expected to heed the call after US President Joe Biden urged Netanyahu to do so during their call yesterday.

“Instead of sending Shin Bet chief Ronan Bar to Cairo for talks with the Nazi enemy, he should continue to be sent to Rafah together with his men and the IDF soldiers to destroy the Nazi Hamas terrorists, as was done last night. Instead of sending the head of the Mossad to Qatar, the [Mossad] should be sent to eliminate the heads of Hamas all over the world,” Smotrich tweets.

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