Title: Woman’s Plea for Her Husband’s Safe Return After Hamas Kidnapping
KRAMIM, Israel: Lishay Lavi had only moments to convey her final message to her husband, Omri, before he was taken hostage by Hamas militants during the deadly attack on Israel on October 7.
Currently seeking refuge with her family in another kibbutz in southern Israel, Lavi recounted the harrowing experience of the gunmen storming their kibbutz, forcing her and her family out at gunpoint in their pajamas, and snatching her 46-year-old husband.
In those fleeting seconds, Lavi managed to utter four sentences to her beloved spouse. She expressed her love for him, reassured him that she would protect their daughter, conveyed her longing for his return, and most importantly, urged him not to act heroically, emphasizing her desire to have him back unharmed.
Israel, on one of its darkest days in 75 years, suffered a devastating loss of over 1,200 lives, with more than 240 Israelis and foreigners being captured and held hostage in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militants.
In response, Israel launched a military offensive in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the deaths of over 13,000 Palestinians, while the fate of the hostages has become a critical issue in the ongoing conflict.
Israeli military leaders have made it their mission to secure the release of as many hostages as possible. Promising negotiations are underway, nearing a breakthrough, but unfortunately, the bodies of at least two hostages have been discovered.
For the families of the hostages, the agonizing wait weighs heavily on their hearts. Lavi now faces the increasingly persistent questions from her two-year-old daughter, Roni, regarding the whereabouts of her father.
While the world’s attention has mainly focused on the plight of child and elderly hostages, Lavi passionately asserts that the husbands and sons, who were forcibly taken by the gunmen, should not be forgotten.
“I need my Omri back, I need my man back. I want the entire world to comprehend that Omri was taken from our home, in his boxers, without even wearing shoes, and we desperately need him back,” Lavi pleaded.
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