Cease-fire without releasing hostages is a death sentence to them

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The mother of Omer Neutra, a 22-year-old American from Long Island, New York, who was abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7, had a message for those who are pushing for Israel to end its military campaign.
Everyone looking for de-escalation in the region should be opening the sentence saying, you know, ‘Release the hostages.’ Any sentence, any demand of cease-fire without release of hostages is a death sentence to them,” Orna Neutra, said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“As far as what’s going on in Israel, there’s a broad range, everyone feels that more needs to be done,” she continued.
You know, people and different families have different perspectives on how to achieve that, and that’s what we’re seeing.”
Day by day, and it’s [the] six-months mark.
Hamas-led militants took about 250 captives when they crossed from Gaza into Israel on Oct. 7 and killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians.
Still, the withdrawal was a significant milestone as Israel and Hamas marked six months of fighting.
Israel previously claimed to have dismantled Hamas forces in Khan Younis, the hometown of the group’s leader, Yahya Sinwar.

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Mum of 22-year-old American Omer Neutra of Long Island, New York, kidnapped by Hamas on Oct. 7, a message for those advocating for Israel to halt its military campaign.

“The main goal should be to free the hostages. This ought to be the world’s top priority. “Release the hostages” ought to be the first word spoken by anyone hoping for a de-escalation in the area. “A demand for a cease-fire without the release of hostages is a death sentence to them,” Orna Neutra declared during a CNN appearance on “State of the Union.”. “.

“There’s a wide range regarding what’s happening in Israel, and everyone feels that more needs to be done,” she said. “People are expecting more from the government than ever before. People and different families see things differently when it comes to achieving that, and that is what we are witnessing. “.”.

On this six-month anniversary of the attacks on southern Israel, host Jake Tapper questioned Neutra’s family about their comfort level when it came to responding to criticism directed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not doing enough to get the release of the survivors of Hamas.

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Ronen Neutra, the father of Omer, said, “I can’t believe we’re sitting here six months later having to experience the terror every day.”. As we wake up each day, we ask ourselves, “What are we doing to get our son back home? We feel like we’re failing. It is now [the] six-month mark, day by day. That is unbelievable. “.

Daniel, Neutra’s brother, called him a “wonderful guy who is friendly and strong.”. He’s a truly hilarious man. He truly is a person who creates communities around him, as evidenced by the hundreds of people who have reached out to me from his youth group, school, and a host of other places to express how much they value him. These communities are doomed without him. If he were gone, we wouldn’t know what to do. ****.

The interview was conducted just before a delegation from Hamas, headed by Khalil Al-Hayya, the terror group’s chief deputy in Gaza, is scheduled to travel to Cairo on Sunday to start negotiations on a possible cease-fire, according to Reuters. CIA Director Bill Burns was scheduled to land in Cairo on Saturday night, according to sources who spoke to Reuters. The negotiations mediated by Egypt’s Al Qahera news are also anticipated to include participation from an Israeli delegation and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the foreign minister of Qatar.

In Israel, where anti-government protests have increased and anger is growing over what some see as government inaction to help free about 130 remaining hostages—roughly a quarter of whom Israel claims are dead—the six-month mark has been met with growing frustration, according to the Associated Press.

On October 25, militants led by Hamas crossed the border from Gaza into Israel and took approximately 250 hostages. and claimed 1,200 lives, the majority of them civilians.

At one of the lowest points in its troop presence since the start of the ground operation, Israel’s military declared on Sunday that it had completed a crucial phase of its ground offensive against Hamas by withdrawing its forces from the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.

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A “significant force” was still present in Gaza, according to military officials who spoke to the AP under condition of anonymity due to army policy. They also stated that the army would maintain its “freedom of action” to carry out targeted operations throughout the region, including Khan Younis, a Hamas stronghold that has been Israel’s primary target for several months.

Nevertheless, the pullout marked a critical turning point as Israel and Hamas commemorated six months of hostilities. The Israeli officials declared that the division of 98th paratroopers would rest and get ready for more missions. In the past, Israel asserted that it had destroyed Hamas forces in Khan Younis, the hometown of Yahya Sinwar, the leader of the organization.

Considered to be Hamas’ final stronghold, Rafah is located in southern Gaza. Israel has promised to launch a ground offensive there, and Netanyahu informed his cabinet on Sunday that victory would mean “elimination of Hamas in the entire Gaza Strip, including Rafah.”. More than half of Gaza’s population, or 11.4 million people, find refuge in Rafah. The possibility of an assault has alarmed people worldwide, including the United States, Israel’s strongest ally. s. which has requested to see a solid plan for protecting civilians. It might ease some of the pressure on Rafah to permit people to go back to Khan Younis, which is close by.

National security spokesman for the White House, John Kirby, told ABC that the U. s. feels that the Israeli withdrawal, which is happening in part, “is really just about rest and refit for these troops that have been on the ground for four months and not necessarily, that we can tell, indicative of some coming new operation for these troops,”. “.

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