The daughter of the late Rechavam Ze’evi, a minister who was tragically killed, expressed her backing on Friday for the potential release of the mastermind behind her father’s murder in exchange for the return of hostages abducted by Hamas-led terrorists on October 7.
Various Hebrew media sources have indicated that Ahmad Saadat, the leader of the Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization, is likely to be included in Hamas’s list of prisoners for release as part of a potential agreement.
Metzada Ze’evi conveyed her stance to Channel 12 on Friday, stating, “In my view, even though nobody has asked me, nor has the leadership taken my view into account — if it depends on us, let them pack up Ahmad Saadat and fly him to the hell of Gaza.”
She further expressed, “I believe that the day of justice will come. I don’t deal in revenge. If his release brings back the hostages, there is no question. I would be more than happy to give him up. As a statement, I have no problem at all. My father is no longer here.”
Saadat, regarded as a significant figure in Palestinian society, orchestrated the assassination of Rechavam Ze’evi in 2001 during the Second Intifada, earning himself 30 life sentences. He was recently placed in solitary confinement amid a crackdown on a PFLP terrorist cell accused of planning attacks in the West Bank.
Referred to by the moniker “Gandhi,” Ze’evi was a former IDF general who transitioned into politics, aligning himself with the far-right Moledet party. He advocated for the voluntary relocation of millions of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza to neighboring Arab nations.
Ze’evi was fatally shot by PFLP gunmen at Yerushalayim’s Hyatt Hotel on October 17, 2001.
Efforts mediated by Qatar and Egypt to secure the release of the remaining hostages held by Hamas, as well as to establish a ceasefire in the conflict, have hit a standstill over the past week. Hamas has made demands that Israel has rejected, including a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza and the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners serving sentences for lethal attacks.
Hamas and other terrorist groups currently hold 132 out of the 253 hostages taken on October 7, following a weeklong truce deal in November that led to the release of 105 civilians, predominantly women and children.
The IDF has reported that 29 of the 132 hostages are deceased, based on intelligence and findings gathered by troops operating in Gaza. Additionally, one individual remains missing since October 7, with their fate remaining uncertain.
Since 2014, Hamas has also been retaining the bodies of Israeli soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, as well as two Israeli civilians, Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, both of whom are believed to be alive after entering the Gaza Strip voluntarily in 2014 and 2015, respectively.