Maya and Itay Regev are discharged from the hospital to their home / Soroka Spokesperson
A stormy meeting took place on Tuesday between abductees released from Hamas captivity and their families and the War Cabinet, during which some of them shared their pain over some of what they had endured in captivity. Many family members cried out, and even angrily left the discussion room during the meeting. Following the former prisoners' demand for the immediate release of the remaining abductees, Netanyahu clarified that "there is no 'everyone for everyone' deal in the real world."
One of the abductees claimed that Hamas terrorists were "touching" women. She added that the air force bombings did not deter the terrorists, who continued to sleep during the shelling. "Airplane bombs exploded above us, and they continued to sleep. They don't move your bombs," she insisted.
A former captive also said that as part of the abuse of the prisoners, the terrorists shaved all his hair off her father.
The families of the abductees are waiting to enter a meeting with the Cabinet at the Air Force House in Herzliya/Niv Aharonson
Netanyahu referred to the families' cry for the immediate release of all the hostages who remained in captivity, while clarifying that the possibility of "everyone for everyone" is unrealistic. He also asked if any of the participants in the meeting could imagine that if there had been such a possibility, someone would have refused. However, according to the families, Netanyahu did not answer questions, but read out what he had written.
A member of the families who attended the meeting said: "There was chaos and shouting. They shouted that they wanted him to bring back all the abductees, the abductees talked about unpleasant things happening there. One of them was finished." Others added that the cabinet heard the pain of the families, and that it was understood that the situation of the abductees who left and remained there was very bad. "We demanded that the decision makers bring them back now," one of them said, while another added that "even those who returned, their souls are captive in Gaza."
Another participant added, "It was a shocking cabinet meeting, which opened with testimonies from veterans who said terrible things. This time, none of the cabinet members had to rely on intelligence; they heard what was happening there in the tunnels and in the hiding apartments. Things that have been talked about last week in all sorts of places around the world, about what the monsters there are capable of. They listened in silence."
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Robi Chen, Itai's father, who is held captive in Gaza, came to the meeting with an hourglass, to emphasize the running out of time. "We want to know what actions the government is taking to get our loved ones out who are slowly being killed every day," he said. "The message should be that communication between the families and the cabinet is not good. We demand the bottom line – 136 abductees in Gaza for 60 days, and they have to be removed. If not, if not, the families will gather and think about how to escalate the struggle."
Yarden Roman Gat arrived for a meeting with the Cabinet at the Air Force House in Herzliya/Niv Aharonson
Before the meeting, Gili, Yarden's brother Roman Gat, said, "From the moment she heard about the end of the releases and pauses, she wanted to do everything she could. Let the cabinet hear it, how urgent it is to bring them back." He noted that the abductees who will arrive "will want to share the seriousness of this, and what a day in captivity in Gaza means. Let the cabinet feel it directly."
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