The terror organization Hamas published a video on Monday, showing three of the 239 hostages it captured during its massacre in the Israeli border towns near the Gaza Strip on Oct. 7.
“A number of Zionist prisoners held by Al-Qassam [Hamas’ military wing] send a message to Netanyahu and the Zionist government,” the video description read.
The video clip shows three women, identified as Yelena Trupanov, Daniel Aloni, and Rimon Kirsht, harshly criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for allegedly vetoing a deal to free all of the Israeli hostages and demanding to be returned home.
The Prime Minister’s Office soon, thereafter, published a statement: “This is cruel psychological propaganda by Hamas-ISIS. We are hugging the families. We will do everything to return all the kidnapped and missing people home.”
Netanyahu also promised to do everything to bring the hostages and missing Israelis home.
“I turn to Yelena Trupanov, Daniel Aloni, and Rimon Kirsht who were kidnapped by war crime committing Hamas. I’m hugging you. Our hearts go out to you and the other hostages,” he said.
Israeli media reports over the last few days had indicated that Israeli officials thought the negotiations mediated by Qatar to release a substantial number of the hostages were a ploy by Hamas to delay the Israel's ground offensive into Gaza.
The first video, which shows one of the hostages in Gaza, was released on Oct. 17.
In a short clip, 21-year-old Mia Schem from Shoham, a dual Israeli-French citizen, is seen being treated for an arm injury before explaining that she underwent surgery and received medicine, and asking to be returned home to her family.
Most major Israeli TV networks refused to play the video on air.
Israel's Channel 14 news, considered as more right-wing and conservative, has a standing policy not to show propaganda videos put out by terrorists.
Channel 12 and 13 also stated that they wouldn’t show the video, while state-run Kan News said it would wait to receive the green light from the families of the hostages.
Representatives of the families were expected to give a press conference later in the evening.
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