Israel at War | Statement on the Israeli Security Forces' Hostage Rescue Operation
June 9th, 2024

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“There is no greater mitzvah than redeeming captives.”
(Maimonides)

We are deeply moved and thankful for the joyful news about the rescue of the four hostages who were held in Gaza by Hamas for over 8 months: Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov and Shlomi Ziv. After being kidnapped by terrorists from the Nova Music Festival on October 7, these individuals are finally home with their families and loved ones.

As we celebrate this joy and relief, we cannot forget the 120 hostages, men, women, and children, that are still being held captive in Gaza, and we pray for their immediate and safe return home, and for an end to the suffering of all innocent people.

Yesterday’s extremely dangerous rescue operation resulted in the death of Lt. Col. Arnon Zemora z”l, an Israeli officer in the elite Yamam counter-terrorism unit. We mourn his tragic death and send our deepest condolences to his family, and solute him for his bravery. May his memory forever be a blessing.

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