Monday, July 8, 2024

Herzog: An ‘absolute majority’ of the nation supports a hostage deal

Marking nine months since the October 7 Hamas massacre, President Isaac Herzog on Sunday asserted that a majority of the public is in favor of a deal to free hostages taken by Hamas terrorists during the brutal assault.

In a post on X, Herzog expressed his solidarity with the families of the victims of “the barbaric attack in which babies, women, men and the elderly were murdered, raped, tortured, and kidnapped” on October 7.

“Our commitment to return the hostages is absolute and supreme,” the president continued. “We do not forget them for a moment. The nation of Israel does not forget them for a moment. In every home and family, in every synagogue, in every community, at every public and private event – we hear from all sides the concern for the hostages, the prayer and the cry – for their quick return home.”

“The entire nation wants their return, and an absolute majority supports a hostage deal,” he said, stressing that “the country’s duty is to bring them back, and it is at the heart of the consensus.”

After months without progress, Israel’s top negotiators are in touch with mediator countries about restarting talks in the wake of Hamas’s response to an Israeli proposal on a truce and hostage deal last week.

War has raged for nine months since Hamas-led terrorists murdered 1,200 people and took 251 hostages to Gaza during their rampage through southern communities. READ MORE