Barak: Netanyahu will risk the lives of hostages to appear strong

"We need 30.000 citizens to surround the Knesset (parliament) in tents for three weeks, day and night. When the country closes, Netanyahu will realize that his time is up and that she has no confidence in him," Barak said.

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From the protest against Netanyahu's government in Tel Aviv, Photo: Reuters
From the protest against Netanyahu's government in Tel Aviv, Photo: Reuters
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak criticized Benjamin Netanyahu today in an interview with military radio, saying that the Israeli leader is willing to risk the lives of hostages held in Gaza if it will improve his image.

"It is more important for Netanyahu to look strong than to reach an agreement, he is willing to sacrifice the lives of hostages," said Barak, who was also Israel's chief of staff, defense and foreign affairs minister.

Barak's remarks came amid hints that a new hostage deal with Hamas could be within reach after top Israeli security officials returned from Paris, where talks were held on a new truce in the Gaza war.

The former prime minister called for protests against the government after protesters and police clashed at last night's anti-government demonstrations in Tel Aviv, the most violent since the war against Hamas broke out on October 7.

"We need 30.000 citizens to surround the Knesset (parliament) in tents for three weeks, day and night. When the country closes, Netanyahu will realize that his time is up and that she has no confidence in him," Barak said.

The war began on October 7 with attacks by Palestinian extremists led by Hamas from Gaza into southern Israel, killing more than 1.160 people, mostly Israeli civilians.

On that day, more than 250 people were kidnapped, of which 130 are still in the hands of the Islamist organization and its allies, in an unknown location, in the territory of Gaza.

In retaliation for the October 7 attacks, Israel vowed to "destroy" Gaza's ruling Hamas and launched an offensive that has killed more than 29.600 people, mostly Palestinian civilians, in the Palestinian territories.

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