IDF Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus says the idea of negotiating a deal with Hamas for the hostages “has tremendous motivation”.
“We will see what the government will be able to facilitate through some kind of negotiations,” he told Sky News Australia.
“The human suffering in Gaza and the ordeal that the Israeli families are going through could end very quickly if Hamas decides to surrender and to give up the hostages.”
“I can only imagine the pain and suffering they have been going through.
“Those families are carrying themselves so nobly in their quest to return their loved ones.”