“I understand that it is impossible to control one’s emotions,” he said. But, the hostages’ protest movement “doesn’t help” and only “hardens Hamas’ demands and delays the results that we all want,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
The hostages’ families hit back in a statement, per The Jerusalem Post. it said the “Prime Minister should remember that he is an elected official whose job it is to correct the mistakes” — a reference to the security failings on October 7 and the terror attacks on Israel by Hamas — “not to scold those whose family members were kidnapped.”
Netanyahu added that the goal of his government was to eliminate Hamas, and the war would not end until the mission was completed.
“There are people among us who doubt our capabilities, but they are a minority,” he added, per a report by Anadolu Agency, the Turkish state news outlet.
He also said that investigations into Hamas’ October 7 attacks “should be opened after the end of the war, not during its peak,” per the report.
“When Israel declared war, the first thing that the government should have done was declare a state of national emergency and told all the hostages: ‘You will keep your mouth shut or we will shut them for you,'” he said.
“If that means imprisoning to silence certain members of the hostage families, then so be it — we’re in a state of war,” he continued.