Netanyahu’s biggest coalition partner backs prospective Gaza hostage deal

By Thomson Reuters Jun 4, 2024 | 6:56 AM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s biggest coalition partner said on Tuesday it would lend “full support” for a prospective deal to free hostages from Hamas captivity even if that would entails “far-reaching steps” in Gaza war strategy.

The statement by Shas, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party that wields 11 of parliament’s 120 seats, followed open opposition to such a deal by two far-right coalition partners.

(Writing by Dan Williams)