Tonight, between Sunday and Monday, a dramatic rescue operation took place that captured the attention of the world’s media. The operation resulted in the successful release of kidnapped Hamas hostages, Fernando Merman and Louis Har. The American newspaper, the “Washington Post,” referred to the operation as “A small but symbolic success.”
In an unfortunate turn of events, senior officials were killed in Lebanon, in a dramatic targeted attack in Bint Jabil. The rescue of the abductees was marked by a display of firepower on the terrorists, a display that will be talked about for years to come.
It has been suggested that the success of this operation could result in an increase in support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This comes at a time when he is facing pressure from the United States not to launch a broad military operation in Rafah.
The “New York Times” reported on the incident, stating, “Two hostages held in Rafah were rescued, in one of the only rescue operations that ended successfully.” The “Wall Street Journal” also covered the story, discussing Israel’s intention to operate in Rafah, referred to as “the last stronghold of Hamas.” They described the lengthy firefight that took place, as well as the Air Force providing cover for the forces in the field.
This morning (Monday), IDF spokesman Brigadier General Daniel Hagari provided an update on the details of the operation. He stated, “Tonight we carried out a successful rescue operation in which we rescued Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Har who were kidnapped from Nir Yitzhak (the Leimberg-Har family). They are in good condition. They are currently undergoing medical examinations at Sheba Hospital. Both were held by Hamas in Rafah. The operation was led by the Special Operations Command of the Shin Bet and was carried out by IMM fighters and the Shin Bet’s operational unit.”