Return of Hostages: The Most Important National Mission of the Government

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Barring any last-minute delays, today should see the first stage of the return of women and children from Hamas captivity in Gaza. We are excited for the families who will be reunited with their dear ones and heartbroken for the families of those whose fate remains unknown. We hope they will all be released soon!

The Israeli government, on whose watch and due to its recklessness people were kidnapped from their home and country, has a moral obligation to bring them all back. We demand as much from Netanyahu and his ministers!

The cabinet meeting summoned to discuss a deal for their release revealed the true face and the callousness of the messianic religious coalition factions. Otzma Yehudit’s ministers led by Itamar Ben-Gvir were not ashamed to raise their hand against the deal, while Religious Zionism’s ministers led by Bezalel Smotrich retracted their opposition at the last minute and voted in favor. These people feel no empathy for the pain and suffering of the kidnappees’ families. All they care about is that the invasion of Gaza with its devastation, refugees, thousands of casualties, terrorists, and civilian women and children should continue in order to rebuild Gush Katif, even if it comes at the cost of the lives of kidnapped children, women, men, and elderly. All is fair game to them.

Since the heinous Hamas massacre of October 7th, we have all been taking part in the campaign for the release of the kidnappees. Israelis mobilized, demonstrated, made donations, wrote opinion pieces, voiced support, held marches and protests, and thereby became a partner in securing their release. Public pressure worked!

Zulat supports the deal that was signed and any future ones. Bringing back the kidnappees is the government’s most important national mission. It is an obligation that trumps all else!


Zehava Galon, President of Zulat


Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.


Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.


Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.



Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.