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Protesters Block Ayalon Highway, Demanding Elections and Hostage Deal

Thousands gathered across the country to protest for the release of hostages in Gaza and for the declaration of elections on Saturday night, April 27. In Tel Aviv, protesters blocked the Ayalon Highway and seven protesters were arrested. Demonstrators gathered in Jerusalem and on Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv.

Demonstrators also gathered in Haifa as well as other parts of the country. Protesters carried posters of hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin, calling for his immediate release. Earlier last week, a video was released by Hamas showing Hersh alive.

While at Begin Gate, Stav Arnon, from the women’s protest for the return of the hostages, condemned the government for prioritizing the war over the release of their family members. She especially called out Ministers Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, “The responsibility is in your hands. Get out of this … government immediately! You normalize the abnormal. You said you were there to return the captives, but you didn’t live up to your promise, the hostages are still there. The time has come - choose which side you are on.”

Earlier on Saturday, the Hostage and Missing Families Forum released a statement calling on the State of Israel to stop the war in exchange for a comprehensive deal for the hostages.

In their statement, they argued, “For half a year, we have been told that military pressure will lead to the release of the hostages. This strategy has failed.” They then concluded that “entering Rafah will lead to the murder of more hostages” so Israel must choose not to enter Rafah to save the remaining captives held in Gaza. (JPost / VFI News)

“The Lord hears the needy and does not despise His captive people.” - Psalm 69:33