Netanyahu Aide Threatened Hostage Family

Officials from the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office threated to abandon a mentally ill hostage to his fate in Gaza if the family dared to criticize the Israeli government in public, according to a secret recording. Lior Lotan, the hostages and missing persons coordinator, is apparently caught on tape warning the family of Avera Mengistu that he will be left in captivity for another year if stories about his frustration appeared in the media.