“Save Those Who Are Still Alive, It’s a Duty,” Mother of Hostage Tells Betsalel Smotrich

“Save Those Who Are Still Alive, It’s a Duty,” Mother of Hostage Tells Betsalel Smotrich
“Save Those Who Are Still Alive, It’s a Duty,” Mother of Hostage Tells Betsalel Smotrich

Einav Zangauker, the mother of hostage Matan Zangauker, kidnapped on October 7 and still held in Gaza, spoke to Israeli Finance Minister Betsalel Smotrich, who was visiting the cemetery in the town of Ofakim for the Yom ceremony Hazikaron (Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers in Israel’s wars and victims of terrorism), asking him to do what it takes to bring back his son. “He’s a child, save those who are still alive, make an effort,” she proclaimed.

“Your duty as a yarmulke wearer, as a Jew who believes in God, is to combine your faith with the rational understanding that my child must be brought back alive. You must do everything to save those who are alive, do at least the effort,” she said. “It is impossible to bring everyone back, we know it is not realistic, but military pressure led to the previous agreement,” added Einav Zangauker.

Betsalel Smotrich responded: “As I said immediately after the terrible massacre (of October 7), I repeat today with my head bowed before you, the bereaved families, the state leadership and the security system have failed in their task of protecting the citizens of Israel, as a member of the government, I take responsibility for what happened and what will happen.” “You have my full support. We have a duty to bring him back and are working towards this goal,” assured Smotrich.

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