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The Palestinian militant group Hamas, facing the mounting fury of the Israeli military's ground and air attacks, released a short video clip Monday showing three of the more than 230 hostages Israel says the group seized during its bloody Oct. 7 terror rampage. Sitting between two others, all apparently among those held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas, one of the three women issues an impassioned message directly to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, deriding him for failing to prevent Hamas' attack and for failing to secure the release of the captives.
There are no other people visible during the video clip, and it is not clear how willingly the one woman who speaks gave her remarks, or how much of her statement might have been dictated by Hamas.
The woman who speaks is Daniel Aloni, who was kidnapped with her daughter as they visited family at Kibbutz Nir Oz, which was the scene of a brutal Hamas attack on Oct. 7. She starts by addressing Netanyahu, saying: "You promised to free us all. Instead we bear your political and military failure."
Aloni refers to "a mistake" that Israel's leaders made on Oct. 7, the day Hamas militants stormed across southern Israel, killing some 1,400 people and kidnapping over 200 others according to Israeli officials, including soldiers and civilians from infants to the elderly.
"No one came. No one was watching over us," Aloni says, without clarifying what mistake she's referring to.
She continues her message, presumably delivered at the behest of the Hamas militants holding her, to ask if the Israeli government, which has significantly ramped up both its aerial assault and its ground operations in Gaza over the last several days, "want to kill us all? Do you want to kill us all with an army?"
"Release us now," she shouts, then alluding to Hamas' suggestion that it could free all of its hostages in exchange for the release of the roughly 6,000 Hamas members said to be held in Israeli prisons.
"Release their prisoners. Set us all free. Let us return to our families!" Aloni says, becoming increasingly emotional before screaming into the camera: "Now! Now!"
In a statement issued shortly after the release of the video, Netanyahu's office condemned the clip as "cruel psychological propaganda" by Hamas and vowed to "do everything to return all the kidnapped and missing people home."... (Read more)