IDF Rescues Two Hostages
UPDATE: We have received word of a specific answered prayer that we would like to share with you. According to Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel, one 8-year old girl had been praying for Louis Har by name for some time. The rescue operation occurred on this girl’s eighth birthday.
Isn’t this so encouraging? The Lord is answering our prayers for the hostages!
As the war in Gaza continues, Israeli soldiers managed to rescue two hostages from Hamas captivity. Praise the Lord!
From National Review. A special force of the Israeli military conducted an overnight mission and rescued two Israeli hostages held captive by Hamas in the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah, IDF officials said early on Monday.
The two hostages, identified as Fernando Marman, 61, and Louis Har, 70, were found to be in good condition and were transferred for medical examination to the Sheba Tel Hashomer hospital in Ramat Gan in Israel, officials told Haaretz. Marman and Har had been kidnapped from the Nir Yitzhak kibbutz during the October 7 attacks.
Forces from the Israel Security Agency, the Israeli police, and the IDF conducted the operation around 1 a.m. local time, a joint statement from the groups said. They liberated the pair from an apartment in Rafah. …
In an interview on ABC’s This Week program aired on Sunday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about an upcoming Israeli ground assault in Rafah, which he said has strategic importance for destroying Hamas. …
“Enough” of the Israeli hostages taken by Hamas in the October 7 onslaught are still alive to justify Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, Netanyahu added. …
“Victory is within reach,” Netanyahu told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “We’re going to do it. We’re going to get the remaining Hamas terrorist battalions and Rafah, which is the last bastion, but we’re going to do it.”
Israeli military officials said last week that an estimated one-fifth of the 136 remaining Israeli hostages are dead. The Israeli military has declared at least 31 of the 136 hostages dead, according to intelligence leaked to the New York Times. During a weeklong cease-fire in November, approximately 100 hostages were returned to Israel in exchange for the release of 240 Palestinian prisoners. …
More than 100 hostages remain to be freed. Let’s keep praying for their release and their healing from trauma.
(Excerpt from National Review. Photo Credit: Yoav Aziz on Unsplash)
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