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Pressuring Hamas for better deal Israel’s main priority

Israeli columnist Akiva Elder says the rescue of captives in Gaza is not a priority for the Netanyahu-led government. He also accused the prime minister of “gambling on the lives of the Israeli captives”.

  • “The first priority of the government is to put more pressure on Hamas, which they feel will get them a better deal,” he told Al Jazeera.

Elder noted the Americans have suspended one arms transfer to Israel, “but as long as they don’t put their foot down and say enough is enough” the attacks on Gaza will continue.

But he also highlighted the growing public pressure on Netanyahu and his cabinet.

  • “In the Israeli public opinion, every day we see more and more people demonstrating and closing and blocking highways,” he added.

Source: Al Jazeera