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July 12, 2015 11:41 am

Netanyahu Visits Family of Hamas Hostage Avera Mengistu

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the family of Hamas hostage Avera Mengistu. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the family of Hamas hostage Avera Mengistu. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the family of Avera Mengistu in Ashkelon on Friday, a day after it was revealed that Mengistu, a 28-year-old Israeli of Ethiopian descent, is being held hostage by the Hamas terrorist group in Gaza since crossing the border fence last September.

After meeting with the family for more than an hour, Netanyahu said, “We are doing everything in our ability to return Avera to Israel, just as we are in contact with the family of the other Israeli citizen (a Bedouin whose identity is still under a gag order) in order to bring him back to Israel as well. We face a very cynical and cruel enemy that denies the basic humanitarian obligation to send innocent citizens back to their country. We will not slacken, and we will do everything necessary in order to bring these citizens back home.”

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  • dante

    one can feel bad for mengistu but he made a choice. knowing what everyone knows about the murderous regime in gaza, he was determined to enter gaza. when he defied Israel and crossed the border, he ended his life as an Israeli. he made a choice and he must face the consequences. the state can express regret and sympathy but it should do nothing to help megistu.

    let the morons of the anti-Israel media make a cause, as they do so often, out of stupidity and folly. do nothing to help. GIVE NOTHING.

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