Two hostages released. More than 65 Palestinians dead. And a fierce night of bombings on Gaza. For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the release, early this Monday, of Argentine captives held by Hamas in an apartment in the city of Rafah was “one of the most successful rescue operations in Israeli history.”
Netanyahu visited the forces who participated early Monday in the hostage rescue operation in Rafah, the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, and congratulated them for their role in “one of the most successful rescue operations in history.” From Israel”.
Netanyahu visited the forces who participated in the rescue operation early Monday morning. Photo: Reuters
“This is one of the most successful rescue operations in the history of the State of Israel: you eliminated the kidnappers, the terroristsfought their way back to Israel unharmed – a perfect operation,” the prime minister said.
Netanyahu, together with National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, visited the Yaman unit of the Israel Border Police, specialized in counterterrorism operations, and which participated in the rescue operation together with Israeli Army troops and Shin agents. Bet, Israeli services.
“A few days ago the operation was brought to me for approval and I approved it. A few hours later, I thought about three things: the sanctity of the mission; in risks versus possibilities, and there were risks; and thirdly, I thought of you, the warriors,” the prime minister told them.
More than 60 Palestinians died in the operation, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health. Photo: EFE
Netanyahu, who The operation followed from the Shin Bet war roompraised his “perfect execution” and the relief he felt when he heard the commander say “The kidnapped people are in our hands.”
“You eliminated the kidnappers, the terrorists, you returned unharmed to Israel: perfect operation, perfect execution,” he stressed.
“A promiscuous agreement”
“You They have shown that it is possible to do the incredible, and they have shown otherwise, in these days when there is talk of an agreement (for the release of hostages), a promiscuous agreement, but I trust the prime minister,” said Ben Gvir, representative of the colonist extreme right within the governmentcontrary to any negotiation with Hamas.
Israeli forces rescued two hostages this morning in Rafah, the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, Fernando Simón Marman, 60, and Norberto Louis Har, 70both kidnapped at Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak on October 7.
Norbert Louis Har (left) and Ferdinand Simon Marman. Photo: EFE
This is the second successful hostage rescue which Israel achieved, after capturing soldier Ori Megidish alive at the end of October, when the ground operation began in the Gaza Strip.
In addition to the 3 hostages rescued -two today-, 110 captives have been freed by Hamas105 of them as part of the single truce agreement reached in November.
With the capture of the two men in Rafah, 130 kidnapped hostages remain inside the Strip on October 7, of which it is estimated that thirty would be dead; in addition to four captives that Hamas had held for years in the enclave, which included two dead soldiers.