Yael Odem went on the air Tuesday night on Rafi Reshef's program and spoke to him with great emotion about the long weeks she spends in the southern city of Eilat with evacuees from Kibbutz Nir Oz who survived the terrible inferno on Black Saturday. In an open conversation, she told him about the advice she received from one of the supporters of the evacuees, about her love for the kibbutz people, and about the chilling question she asked her husband during one of their nightly conversations.
At the very beginning of the conversation with Reshef, Odem could not hide her deep sense of identification with the pain of the Nir Oz people who survived the atrocities. "You're part of the community there," commented the presenter. "You tell me that, and I start crying," Odem replied.
"There's an organizational consultant here who has been taking care of them since day one and he told me, 'You know, you're in secondary trauma. You can't go home and it's a problem, start taking care of yourself.' But they are people of life. You want to be with them. It's not journalism at all, it's not about bringing an item at all, they're people at heart," she clarified.
"How much do you relate to the organizational consultant's statement?" insisted Reshef. "I'm fine, I feel like I'm doing the right thing in the right place. At home you don't completely accept it. They want me at home," she added.
Odem also used the screen time to talk about the problems of the current deal in which the kibbutz members were released in the fourth phase. "Imagine Sharon Cuneo saying goodbye to Uncle Cuneo after they were in captivity with the two girls and saying, 'Bye my love, see you sometime.' When will we see each other? When the hell are we going to see each other?!" she raged. "It's so cruel. I call home at night, I talk to my husband and I tell him, 'Imagine if we were separated.'" She later added that David Cuneo, who is held captive by Hamas, mourns his brother Eitan because he mistakenly believes he was murdered in the October 7 massacre. "He mourns day and night for someone who lives! How do you convey this information to him?! How do you tell him, 'He's alive, don't cry'? It's terrible, it's just terrible!"
Finally, Reshef asked Odem if there was anyone who looked after her needs, a question that caused her an even greater emotional storm. "I'll find the time. Don't ask me, Rafi. I immediately start crying about it and I'm actually okay. I'll find the time, I swear," she promised in a trembling voice.
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