Thousands of Israelis complete five-day march on Jerusalem to demand a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss plans to save hostages captured by Hamas in October 7 attacks
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Thousands of Israelis have completed a five-day march on Jerusalem to demand a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss plans to save hostages captured by Hamas in the October 7 attacks.
Family members and supporters of some 240 hostages held in Gaza have protested in Jerusalem today over Netanyahu’s handling of the war with Hamas and pleaded with the government to do more to bring their loved ones home.
About 1,200 people were killed in Israel on the day of the surprise Hamas assault.
Israel declared war in response, and more than 11,500 Palestinians have been killed in the past six weeks as the Israeli military conducts a punishing air and ground offensive in Gaza, where Hamas militants have ruled for the past 16 years.
Israeli leaders have set two objectives – to crush Hamas and to bring the hostages home.
Some of the hostage families have said they fear that the military offensive endangers their loved ones.
Israeli leaders, in turn, have argued that only military pressure on Hamas will lead to some hostage releases in a possible deal involving a temporary ceasefire.
On Saturday, the marchers carried Israeli flags and photos of the hostages as they finished the 45-mile walk to Jerusalem and slowly converged on Mr Netanyahu’s office.