4-Year-Old American Girl Among 17 Hostages Released


A person holds a poster during a ‘Bring Them Home’ solidarity rally calling for the release of hostages held in Gaza by Hama on October 22, 2023, in London, England. (Photo by Peter Nicholls/Getty Images)

OAN’s Sophia Flores
11:10 AM – Sunday, November 26 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/4-year-old-american-among-17-hostages-released/;

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A 4-year-old American dual citizen, Avigail Edan, is one of the 17 hostages that was released. Her release marks the first time a United States citizen has been released since Hamas raided Israel on October 7th, killing over 1,000 and kidnapping hundreds.

The 17 hostages were received by the Red Cross on Sunday. They were later transferred to Israel. Their names are Avigail Idan, 4, Hagar Brodutch, 40, Ofri Brodutch, 10, Yuval Brodutch, 9, Oriya Brodutch, 4, Chen Almong Goldstein, 48, Agam Goldstein, 17, Gal Goldstein, 11, Tal Goldstein, 9, Elma Avraham, 84, Aviva Siegel, 64, Ela Elyakim, 8, Dafna Elyakim, 15, and Roni Krivoi, 35.

Four-year-old orphan Avigail Idan was taken hostage from Kibbutz Kfar Aza. Her father, Roee Idan, was a photographer.

On October 7th, he saw the terrorists enter Israel on paragliders. Once he realized what was taking place, he ran to his house and found his wife Smadar dead. His children ran outside to their father but terrorists approached and shot him. He later died of his injuries.

Two of his young children, Michael, 9, and Amalya, 6, ran back into their house and hid in a closet for 14 hours. Their sister Avigail ran to the neighbor’s house where she was taken.

Avigail spent her 4th birthday captive in Gaza.

Hagar, Ofri, Yuval, and Oriya Brodutch are the neighbors that Avigail hid with. Hargar’s husband Avihai Brodutch was defending the kibbutz when his family was taken. He initially presumed they were dead. However, he found out several days later they were alive.

Chen Goldstein-Almong and her three children who were taken with her, were also captured from Kibbutz Kfar Aza. Her husband, Nadav Goldstein-Almog, was recovering from surgery following a riding accident on October 7th. Due to that, he wasn’t able to move easily.

He was killed by Hamas. Additionally, their oldest daughter, 19-year-old Yam Goldstein-Almog was also murdered on the same day in the safe room of their home.

Sisters Ela and Dafna Elyakim were taken hostage while they were visiting their father and his partner for the Simchat Torah holiday. Both their father, his partner, and her son were killed at his house in Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

Elma Avraham was taken from her safe room in Kibbutz Nahal Oz. She was by herself when she was abducted. Avraham was unable to lock the door to her safe room due to it being too heavy.

Aviva Siegal and her husband Keith were taken from Kibbutz Kfar Aza. Keith, who is a U.S. citizen is believed to remain hostage in Gaza.

Roni Krivoi is a dual Israeli-Russian citizen. He was taken while he was working as a sound technician at the Supernova music rave. His release came “in response to the efforts of Russian President Vladimir Putin and in appreciation of the Russian position in support of the Palestinian cause.”

The names of the three Thai hostages that were released in this group are not yet known.

Elder Elma Avraham was taken straight via helicopter to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba. She is said to need immediate medical attention.

This is the third group of hostages released from Gaza. It also marked the most children released in a single day. Six out of the nine children returning on Sunday are now without at least one parent.

The first group was released on Friday while the second group returned home on Saturday.

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Hezbollah Attacks, But Tries to Stay Out of Total War

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/11/hezbollah-attacks-but-tries-to-stay-out-of-total-war;

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In 2006, the UN passed Resolution 1701, according to which Hezbollah was supposed to be disarmed. It never happened. Now Hezbollah is stronger than ever. It essentially runs the Lebanese government; not Prime Minister Najib Mikati, but Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah, calls the shots in Beirut. And thanks to Iran, Hezbollah has a storehouse of 150,000 missiles and rockets. Its arsenal is ten times more powerful than that possessed by Hamas.

During the four-day “pause” in its campaign in Gaza against Hamas that Israel has agreed to, the IDF could turn more of its attention to Hezbollah, stepping up its bombing campaign in southern Lebanon, to destroy weapons warehouses, enough airstrikes to inflict significant punishment, but not enough to cause Hezbollah to respond with a full-scale war, which at this point Israel would prefer to avoid. Once Hamas is destroyed, however, the Israelis may want to deal more forcefully with Hezbollah to degrade its storehouses bristling with weapons.

Since October 7, Hezbollah has fired at least 1,000 missiles into Israel’s northern cities. It has now been attacking Israel with missiles, drones, and artillery. Almost every night, there is an exchange of fire between Israel and Hezbollah. Six Israeli soldiers and three civilians have so far been killed by Hezbollah fire since October 7. More on this fighting in the north, which has escalated on November 20, can be found here: “Hezbollah says attacks Israeli troops with drones, artillery, missiles,” AFP, November 20, 2023:

The Israel-Lebanon border has seen daily exchanges of fire since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7.

Hezbollah fighters targeted soldiers west of Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel “with three attack drones,” the Iran-backed group said in a statement, adding shortly after that it had also targeted troops in the area with artillery fire [on November 20].

Both statements claimed the attacks were “direct hits.”

Earlier Monday, Hezbollah said it had fired “Burkan missiles” at an Israeli barracks, and also claimed a number of other attacks on Israeli positions.

Israel’s army said “three UAVs (drones) were identified striking adjacent” to an army post, without specifying where. It added that “no injuries were reported.”…

Hezbollah said the three drones made “direct hits” on an army post and killed Israelis. The IDF said that the drones struck a site “adjacent” to the army post, and that there were no casualties. Which version do you believe?

In late October, after enduring three weeks of shelling by Hezbollah, the Israeli government evacuated Kiryat Shmona and forty northern Israeli border communities. On November 2, 12 rockets were fired from Lebanon and set off sirens north of the Israeli port city of Haifa. On November 6,. Israelis were forced to seek shelter in cities such as Kiryat Yam and Kiryat Bialik.

Israel has continued to evacuate more towns as Hezbollah’s attacks have increased. The moshav of Dovev was entirely emptied; its residents were moved to Tiberias. Many of them have said, “We are never going back.” The attack of October 7 has spooked them, and they know that Hezbollah’s chief, Hassan Nasrallah, has said that if Israel attacks Lebanon then his forces may move into northern Israel.

The mood of the Israelis evacuated to Tiberius from villages and moshavs closer to the Lebanese border is discussed here: “‘Never going back:’ Israelis evacuated from border town with Lebanon fear war with Hezbollah,” by  and CNN, November 20, 2023:

From the basement of a hotel in Tiberias, where dozens of evacuated children were attending a makeshift lesson, Elana Pilveny told CNN that there was “no way in hell I am going back.” Her family is not taking any chances with Hamas’ ally in southern Lebanon after October 7, when Hamas massacred 1,200 people, many of whom were civilians.

A quiet knitting circle in the hotel lobby, consisting of four cousins who have lived in Dovev for decades, belies the panic among the evacuees. “I don’t know how to function normally if I have to go back to Dovev,” Shoshana Yakut, 77, told CNN from a hotel in Tiberias where she has lived for over a month.

They have lived through the Six-Day War, the Yom Kippur War, Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and fight with Hezbollah in 2006. “We never felt something so powerful,” she said of the October 7 attacks. “Not in 67, not in 73, or not in 82 and 2006 – this is a whole new level of fear right now.”…

The only way for the Israeli government to restore faith in its ability to protect people living near the Gazan or Lebanese borders is for the IDF to destroy Hamas, and once that has been accomplished, to concentrate its forces on the northern front, to hit Hezbollah in southern Lebanon with such ferocious airstrikes on weapons storehouses as to make Nasrallah rethink his plans. Nasrallah takes his cue from Iran, which has taken alarmed note of the two American carrier strike groups that are now in the eastern Mediterranean.

How the U.S. Should Respond to Attacks by Iran-Backed Houthis on American Ships

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2023/11/how-the-u-s-should-respond-to-attacks-by-iran-backed-houthis-on-american-ships;

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The Americans are trying to tamp down the possibility of an escalation of the war, by sending a diplomat to Israel to persuade Jerusalem not to raise the level of violence in Lebanon. Instead of doing that, the Bidenites should try another tack. They should first of all respond to the attacks by the Iran-backed Houthis on American and other ships. On October 10, a missile attack from Yemen targeted a guided missile destroyer, the USS Mason, but both missiles fell short; neither hit the ship. Nonetheless, the Americans did not at once respond by hitting Houthi targets in Yemen to discourage future attacks. On November 10 the Americans did send an MQ-9 Reaper drone toward Yemen, but the Houthis shot it down before it got to the country. And there have been no American attacks, as yet, on the Houthi bases in Yemen.

Now the Houthis have struck yet again, seizing a cargo ship in the Red Sea. The ship has been described as British-owned and Japanese-operated, but the Houthis claim it is “Israel-linked,” because, they assert, the ship is “owned by an Israeli.” This may be true: the ship, the Galaxy Leader, may only seem to be “British-owned” because it was registered in the Isle of Man, but it was to a company, Ray Car Carriers, which is a unit of Tel Aviv-incorporated Ray Shipping, according to LSEG data. In any case, even if the Israeli connection can be proven, seizing ships on the high seas, holding onto both them and their cargo, is a violation of international law. Israel and the Houthis, a stateless terror group that is a proxy of Iran, are not formally at war.

Why doesn’t the American military launch a major series of airstrikes on Houthi targets, both in response to the Houthi missile attacks on the USS Mason, to the shooting down of the MQ-9 Reaper drone, and finally, for its act of piracy in seizing the Galaxy Leader? Such an attack would be welcomed by Israel, which at the moment has its hands full in Gaza and would be much relieved to have the Houthi problem taken care of by the American military. Saudi Arabia and the UAE would also welcome an American attack on the Houthis. That would be one less worry for the region, and one more worry for Iran.

Finally, the American ships in the two carrier groups off the coast of Lebanon are well-positioned to attack Hezbollah. On what grounds could Washington do so? The Americans have a score to settle with Hezbollah, which back in 1983 blew up a Marine barracks near Beirut, killing 241 Marines. Hezbollah, like Hamas, is a designated terror group. 

As long as those American carrier groups are in the eastern Mediterranean, Hezbollah is unlikely to provoke a major war with Israel. It has already seen the severe American attacks on Iranian proxies and allies in Iraq and Syria, in response to attacks on American bases in those two countries. It will continue launching missiles at Israel, about 30 a day, as it has been since October 7. All it takes, however, for such a war to start is if another Hezbollah attack were to kill a large number of Israelis in northern Israel, or for Kataib Hezbollah, the pro-Iran militia in Iraq, to kill American soldiers, which so far it has not managed to do. Hezbollah now fears not just the IDF, which has demonstrated in Gaza the ferocity of its war-fighting capabilities, but also those powerful American carrier groups in the eastern Mediterranean that could inflict such huge damage on the Islamic Republic. Would Iran enter such a conflict on the side of Hezbollah, which would mean facing both the IDF and the American military? I don’t think Iran has a death wish. Do you?

13 Israeli Hostages, 4 Foreigners Released In Israel-Hamas Exchange

A table is set for hostages being held in the Gaza Strip, in a show of solidarity, in Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. Egyptian officials said Hamas was preparing to release 14 Israeli hostages Saturday for 42 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A table is set for hostages being held in the Gaza Strip, in a show of solidarity, in Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. Egyptian officials said Hamas was preparing to release 14 Israeli hostages Saturday for 42 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

OAN’s Abril Elfi 
2:58 PM – Saturday, November 25, 2023

SEE: https://www.oann.com/newsroom/13-israeli-hostages-4-foreigners-released-in-israel-hamas-exchange/;

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A second group of hostages have been released following a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

On Saturday, 13 Israeli hostages and four Thai foreigners were released from Gaza.

The released hostages have been identified as 67-year-old Shoshan Haran, her daughter Adi Shoham, 38, and Adi’s children Yahel, 3, and Naveh, 8.

Shiri Weiss, 53, and her daughter, Noga Weiss, 18,  Maya Regev, 21, Hila Rotem, 12, Emily Hand, 9, Noam Or, 17, Alma Or, 13, Noam Avigdori, 12, and her mother Sharon Avigdori, 52 were also released.

Dror Or, the father of Noam and Alma Or, is still being held by Hamas in Gaza, according to Israeli officials.

Dror’s wife and the children’s mother, Yonat Or, was killed on October 7th.

The mother of Rotemis is also still being held hostage by Hamas.

According to the Israeli military, the exchange was delayed due to claims that Israel was not upholding the terms of the truce deal.

The operation to free the hostages has been dubbed “Heaven’s Door” by the IDF.

Red Cross vehicles transport hostages to the Rafah Crossing once they’re released from Hamas’s procession.

After that, they’ll be moved and taken to a Southern Israeli airbase. There, the recently freed hostages will undergo brief assessments of their physical and mental health.

They’re given phones to contact family members once finished undergoing health evaluations.

Israel and Hamas have reached a four-day cease-fire agreement. Hamas is set to release the 50 women and children out of roughly 240 people that were abducted from their homes on October 7th.

Israel is to release 150 Palestinian prisoners in return, a large number of which are being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Nancy Pelosi’s Daughter Caught on Hidden Camera Admitting January 6 Was a Hoax

Janet Van Ham

Nancy Pelosi’s nepo-baby, Alexandra, was caught on camera admitting essentially that January 6 and the ensuing prosecutions were a marketing gimmick to propagandize the public for the benefit of the Democrat Party.

The video, apparently filmed surreptitiously in the style of Project Veritas and released by CitizenLens, reportedly between Pelosi and a January 6 defendant she was courting so as to appear in her documentary of the event, featured Pelosi discussing the political implications of the Jan 6 show trials and their effects on the upcoming 2022 mid-term elections.

After the Democrats lose the House and then they get rid of the committee, people may lose interest. The first trials are gonna get a lot of attention. It’s like [an] anniversary; the first one is a big deal… No one’s gonna care after the Democrats are out of power. And then take Biden out of office, then who cares?...

I know you’re not the bad guys [to the Jan 6 defendant]…

If it was an insurrection… you were supposed to have a plan…. You’re going to be able to laugh about this one day.

She then goes on to explain how she knows Gavin McInnes (the purported former leader of the Proud Boys) and used, in fact, to party with him. She knows that he’s a provocateur and doesn’t actually mean what he says.

It’s all bread and circuses, people.

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Notice the dispassionate tone of the clip above in which Pelosi is soberly analyzing the political strategy behind the Jan 6 propaganda and the acknowledgment that what happened was not an insurrection compared to the unhinged public utterances of Democrat partisans about how THE LITERAL FOUNDATIONS OF DEMOCRACY™ ARE CRUMBLING IN REAL TIME AND HITLER IS ON THE MARCH.

… And it becomes very clear that the pearl-clutching and the Capitol police officer crying on the stand and Liz Cheney posturing as if she has any principles whatsoever was all a cynical weaponization of a one-off riot — not an insurrection by any means (the rioters didn’t even bring guns to the “insurrection” for God’s sake; who believes they were really trying to “take the Capitol”?) — for political gain.

It was a cheap trick. Alas, the MSNBC viewers of the world on their 12th boosters love cheap tricks.

Meanwhile, Alexandra Pelosi made out like a bandit, on top of all the political capital they squeezed out of Jan 6, with her stupid documentary and the fawning media coverage she got for it.