Dem Rep: Potential Hostage Release Show Ceasefire Advocates Were Wrong

With reports coming that the Israeli government and Hamas have made a deal that will see hostages released, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said that the deal between both warring parties is proof that those calling for a ceasefire without hostage release were wrong.
The Israeli government and Hamas agreed to a 5-day ceasefire for humanitarian purposes that includes a hostage release deal.
“The Israeli government is committed to the return of all hostages home. Tonight, the government approved the outline for the first stage of achieving this goal, according to which at least 50 hostages – women and children – will be released for 4 days, during which there will be a lull in the fighting,” The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Sherman applauded the agreement, adding that it will provide a chance to resupply and provide humanitarian aid.


“The five-day ceasefire makes sense,” Sherman said. “It’s a chance to resupply and to provide humanitarian aid, and I think that it shows that those who called for a…ceasefire without any hostage release turned out to be wrong because we’ll get the five-day ceasefire with the hostage release. This will make it more difficult for Israel to achieve its military objectives. It will create more danger for Israel[i] Defense Forces soldiers. But, if 50 hostages are released. I think that’s a decision Israel will make.”


The ceasefire agreement will see Israel release three Palestinian prisoners for one Israeli hostage. Sherman added that Israel, being a democracy, is vulnerable when hostages are taken. The lawmaker suggested that the political pressure to get the hostages back must have forced the Israeli government to agree to the deal.
“Israel, being a democracy, is certainly very vulnerable when hostages are taken,” Sherman said. The overwhelming political pressure is to get the hostages back. When this happened, I was not sure they would get any of them back. I think it matters a lot who is being released by Israel. Some of those released a decade ago are on the frontline planning attacks on Israel now.”