Greenblatt Condemns Hamas for Holding Bodies of Israelis

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s peace envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, condemned the “despicable” behavior of Hamas terrorists group for holding two Israeli civilians and the bodies of two IDF soldiers, while refusing to allow Red Cross visits or disclose information about them.

After meeting with the families, Greenblatt expressed the “unbearable pain as a result of the shameful, despicable acts of Hamas.”

Nevertheless, he also voiced hope for the peace process, despite the diplomatic turmoil of recent days, saying the U.S. will resume working with its allies to reach an Israeli–Palestinian peace agreement “at the right time.”

“Today I spoke with a group of EU Heads of Mission to the PA. At the right time, we will work together with all our friends & allies in Europe, and beyond, to advance our goal of peace,” Greenblatt tweeted on Thursday.

“The road we travel to lasting peace requires the efforts and support of many,” he said.

Greenblatt arrived in Israel on Wednesday to meet with envoys from the Middle East Quartet to see what could be done to renew peace talks.