Families of hostages urge Netanayahu to exchange 'everyone for everyone'
The families stressed broad support for the demand to "bring everyone home now", adding that military actions must consider the well-being of the hostages and missing loved ones
The Hostages and Missing Families Forum has urged Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that an immediate exchange of 'everyone for everyone' is a deal the families would consider.
It may be noted that the militant outfit Hamas has been demanding the release of all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention centers in exchange the Israelis they took hostage on 7 October.
The families told the prime minister that this deal has broad support from all of Israel, as they demanded, "bring everyone home now”.
At a press conference held on Saturday evening, Meirav Leshem Gonen, the mother of Romi Gonen, said on behalf of the hostages' families: "We spoke bluntly and made it clear to the prime minister in no uncertain terms that a comprehensive deal based on the 'everyone for everyone' principle is a deal the families would consider, and it has the support of all of Israel."
She said, "We came with an unequivocal demand that military action takes into account the fate of the hostages and those missing, and that any move considered will take into account the well-being of our loved ones."
Meirav added: "This is very hard for us. It's been three weeks since we've known what's become of our loved ones. We all heard about the tanks going in and we're all worried. We came into the meeting with the prime mMinister tonight with these feelings. We're here to make sure what we're demanding happens."
Igal Sarusi, the father of Almog Sarusi, said: "We have a cruel enemy in front of us. The everyone for everyone deal is acceptable and we hope it materialises soon."