Relatives of Israeli hostages broke into a meeting in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, this Monday in protest against the more than one hundred days of captivity of their loved ones at the hands of Hamas in the Gaza Strip and to demand an immediate settlement.
“All other matters can wait. But the hostages have no more time”, expresses a statement from the Forum of Relatives of Hostages and Disappeared Persons justifying the protest. This comes after this Sunday they sent a letter to the Knesset Secretariat “imploring them not to deal with anything that is not related to the return of the hostages.”
Upon not receiving a response, several relatives have the entire security cordon and they entered a meeting of the finance cabinet this Monday, as reported by local media.
This Sunday these same relatives called for a camping trip in front of the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, where new protests are expected this Monday night, which are preceded by massive demonstrations in several cities in the country.
Given the demonstrations, the prime minister met with some of the relatives, whom he assured that there is no “real Hamas proposal”, according to a statement from his office. Even so, this Sunday it came to light that Qatar and Egypt are trying to promote new negotiations that would contemplate a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, in exchange for the release of all hostages in 90 days.
The 90-day plan would propose a lasting ceasefire during which Hamas would release all civilian hostages. Meanwhile, Israel would release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, withdraw from Gazan cities, allow freedom of movement in the enclave, cease the use of drones and double the amount of aid it allows to enter.
In a second stage, Hamas would release female soldiers and the bodies of captives and Israel would release more prisoners. In the third phase, the Israeli country would withdraw its troops from the Gaza border and the Islamist group would finish releasing all the hostage soldiers and men of fighting age.