Hamas hostage video recovered

Yesterday the IDF released raw video it recovered in Gaza. Hamas filmed the videos of 8-year-old Ela Elyakim and 15-year-old sister Dafna Elyakim. The two sisters were kidnapped from Kibbutz Nahal Oz on 10/7 and held hostage for 51 days before Hamas released them in a hostages-for-murderers deal. The Times of Israel reported the sisters’ release here this past November. The Times of Israel published the story with the family photo of the sisters below. Their father was one of the Israelis murdered in the 10/7 massacre.

Ela was repeatedly compelled to read from a script and change her clothes for filming by Hamas. IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari explained that Ela’s family asked the IDF to publicize the sisters’ videos in order “to expose Hamas’s terror, to expose Hamas’s cruelty, to expose Hamas’s barbarism.” Anyone who hasn’t figured it out by now is beyond hope. However, we can keep it in mind and try to learn from it ourselves — as Seth Frantzman does in his illuminating Jerusalem Post column. I commend Frantzman’s analysis to your attention.

Today comes news of International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Karim Khan’s obscene decision to seek arrest warrants on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Israeli Justice Minister Yariv Levin has condemned the referral as “one of the greatest moral disgraces in human history,” but we see Hamas and its allies add to this disgrace every day.

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