The far-right Israeli National Security Minister, Ben Gvir, has issued a warning this Tuesday about the possibility of reaching an agreement with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) to secure the release of hostages taken during the attacks in October. Ben Gvir expressed his concern that such an agreement could lead to “disaster” and called for more transparency and information about negotiations involving Palestinian prisoners and fuel entry into Gaza.
Meanwhile, the mother of two minors kidnapped by Hamas and held in Gaza has urged all mothers to join her in a sit-in outside the Israeli Army headquarters in Tel Aviv on Monday. She pleaded with them to help her bring her children home safely.
On Saturday, relatives of the nearly 240 kidnapped people announced their opposition to a bill proposed by Ben Gvir to apply the death penalty for terrorism convicts. The Hostage Families Forum argued that such discussions should take place in private and professional forums without endangering innocent lives. The forum was created after Hamas attacks on Israel in 2011 that left nearly 1,200 dead and more than 240 kidnapped. Authorities in Gaza have reported over 13,300 deaths due to Israeli bombings while more than 200 Palestinians have died at the hands of Israeli forces or settler attacks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.