After threats made to hostage’s family, Netanyahu rep apologizes

Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a high-ranking representative for the premier apologized Friday after a series of threatening comments were made during a private meeting with members of the Mengistu family, whose 26-year-old son Avraham disappeared into the Gaza Strip last September,

Colonel (res.) Lior Lotan, the prime minister’s representative dealing with hostage issues, apologized to the Mengistus in person, saying that "the good relations that we had over the past few months will continue together up until the moment when Avera [Avraham] is brought home."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement saying that Lotan’s statements said "should not have been said and it is good that Lior spoke with the family members tonight to apologize directly."


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