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Germany, Hungary Issue Passports to Israeli Hostages in Gaza

The governments of Germany and Hungary have approved citizenship and issued passports to Jewish Israeli hostages in Gaza, an Israeli news outlet has reported.

Some of the hostages who received German and Hungarian passports were freed in exchange for Israel’s release of convicted Palestinian terrorists and criminals. Other Jewish Israeli hostages who have received Hungarian and German citizenship are still being held hostage, the outlet was told in an exclusive interview.

The Israelis who received passports have family members who were born in the Central European countries. Dual citizenship could play a role in the complex negotiations to rescue the hostages because of the intervention of foreign states seeking to protect their citizens.

It is unclear when the hostages were provided with the German and Hungarian passports. Foreign countries that issue passports to hostages in Gaza could provide a layer of protection to the victims.

For example, Sweden in 2018 awarded citizenship to Iranian hostage Ahmadreza Djalali, a medical doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Djalali was arrested in 2016 in Iran and was later convicted of espionage, in what was widely condemned as a show trial. He has not been executed, and it is unclear if his Swedish citizenship is impeding Tehran’s desire to execute him. (JPost / VFI News)

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