Netanyahu vows increased pressure on Hamas, says ‘Let our people go’

April 22, 2024 by No Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to renew pressure against Hamas in Gaza during his speech ahead of Passover on Sunday. Netanyahu addressed in Hebrew as the country prepares to celebrate the Jewish holiday throughout this week. He mourned the absence of the remaining hostages in Gaza and argued that the remaining Hamas forces can only survive if Israel and its allies fracture.”On this night, 133 of our dear brothers and sisters are not around the Seder table, and they are still held hostage by Hamas in hellish conditions,” Netanyahu said. “We have already freed 124 of our hostages and we are committed to returning them all home – the living and the deceased alike.””Instead of withdrawing from its extreme positions, Hamas is counting on a rift among us. It draws encouragement from the pressure being directed at the Government of Israel. As a result of this, it has only hardened its conditions for the release of our hostages. It is hardening its heart and refusing to let our people go,” he said. Netanyahu’s language referenced the Egyptian pharoah’s biblical refusal to free the enslaved Israelites, a story Jewish people all over the world will retell during holiday meals.Netanyahu went on to praise the men and women serving in the Israel Defense Forces, detailing that operations in Gaza would soon ramp up. “Therefore, we will strike it with additional painful blows – and this will happen soon,” he said. “In the coming days, we will increase the military and diplomatic pressure on Hamas because this is the only way to free our hostages and achieve our victory.””Citizens of Israel, on the eve of Passover, when the people of Israel went forth from slavery to freedom, let us remember our fallen heroes, and our wounded fighters, thanks to whose sacrifice, we are free people,” he added.