Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening spoke to US President Joe Biden following the release of four-year-old Avigail Idan from Hamas captivity and the discussions on possibly extending the temporary ceasefire by several more days in order to allow for the release of more hostages.
"We brought back another group of hostages this evening – women and children, and we are moved from the depths of our hearts, the entire nation, when we see this reuniting of families. It simply stirs the soul,” said Netanyahu.
“I have just spoken with President Biden with great emotion, also about little Avigail, of course. What a joy it is to see her with us, But, on the other hand, how sad it is that she is returning to a reality in which she has no parents. She has no parents – but she has an entire nation that embraces her and we will take care of all her needs. Beyond this, I would like to say that there is also an outline that says that it is possible to release an additional ten [hostages] each day. That would be welcome,” added the Prime Minister.
“At the same time, I also told President Biden that at the end of the outline, we will go to realizing our goals with full force: Eliminating Hamas, ensuring that Gaza will not go back to being what it was and – of course – releasing all of our hostages.”
“After having been in Gaza today, where I met with our brave and heroic soldiers, reservists and conscripts, with fire in their eyes, I am convinced that we will succeed in this mission – because we have no other choice," concluded Netanyahu.
Earlier on Sunday, Biden gave an address following the release of the latest group of Israeli hostages and foreign nationals from Hamas captivity.
The President opened with a mention of four-year-old US-Israeli citizen Avigail Idan.
"Two days ago, one of our fellow Americans turned four years old. She spent her birthday, that birthday, and at least 50 days before that, held hostage by Hamas. Today, she's free, and Jill and I, together with so many Americans, are praying that she will be alright," he said.
"We will not stop working until every one of the hostages is returned to their loved ones," Biden added.