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Abducted soldier Tamir Nimrodi's father: "There is a selection here, everyone needs to be released, a comprehensive framework agreement is required, not a narrow agreement" | Israel Hayom

2023-11-20T16:47:58.650Z

Highlights: Families of abductees have arrived at the Knesset in an incident that began jarringly this morning at the National Security Committee. This evening a conference was held in support of the families of the abductees. "There is a selection here. Everyone needs to be released. A comprehensive framework agreement is needed, not a narrow agreement," says Tamir Nimrodi's father, Alon. "The victory will not be complete until everyone returns home," says his mother, Maayan Sigaln.


The morning began with a jarring event for the families of the abductees • This evening a conference was held in support of the families of the abductees


Since the morning, families of abductees have arrived at the Knesset in an incident that began jarringly this morning at the National Security Committee and continued with the families' attempt to get the Knesset members to sign a letter calling for the release of the abductees under any conditions. Some Knesset members who refused to sign said the letter would be used against the goal of returning the abductees and play into the hands of senior Hamas figures.

This evening, the families gathered in the Knesset, in the Jerusalem Hall, for a conference in support of the families of the entire Knesset. The initiator of the conference with the families of the abductees is the chairman of the Yesh Atid faction and opposition coordinator MK Merav Ben-Ari: "Usually in parliament they speak, but today we came to listen to you." Coalition Chairman Ofir Katz added: "We have come to hear you, we are all united, this whole House, for the important goal of bringing everyone home."

"We can't imagine your rollercoaster since October 7th," added Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana, "We have to be very careful with our things and think about you. Many times, unfortunately, those who speak do not know, and those who know do not speak. I propose to condemn ourselves to the necessary caution in this regard. There is a consensus in this house and throughout the country on the supreme need to return the abductees to their homes."

Gil Dickman, a relative of Carmel and Yarden Gat who were abducted to Gaza, sounded more conciliatory this evening in front of the Knesset members present at the conference, saying: "I thank you for hosting us here. The Israeli mosaic is reflected in the families of the abductees. The real picture of victory is the return of the hostages home." Dickman noted the text of the declaration, which was eventually signed by 100 Knesset members from all factions of the House. In order to pressure those who did not sign, Dickman read out the names in the presence of everyone: Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoav Galant, Amir Ohana, Yoav Kish, Miri Regev, Avi Dichter, Danny Danon, Moshe Saada, May Golan, Bezalel Smotrich, Ofir Sofer, Orit Strock, Simcha Rothman, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Oded Forer. This caused a storm, and some of the names that were read, such as Oded Forer, asked to sign during the reading.

Tamir Nimrodi's father, Alon, said of his son: "Tamir, 19, is a soldier in the Education Corps who volunteered to do that cursed Shabbat instead of a friend, was one of the first to be kidnapped to Gaza. Already at 7 and 12 minutes. Like our soldiers and many families whose loved ones were kidnapped healthy to Gaza, the responsibility for their lives lies with each and every one of you, and of course with the Hamas terrorist organization. Everyone must get back home. The voice of IDF soldiers among the hostages has completely disappeared. It can't be that our children were on duty and we feel the neglect in the most blatant way. The voice of the soldiers in Gaza was not heard.

"There is a selection here. Everyone needs to be released. A comprehensive framework agreement is required, not a narrow agreement. It can't be that the life of a Thai citizen is worth more than my son's. The victory will not be complete until everyone returns home. Everyone needs to be released, a comprehensive framework agreement is needed, not a narrow agreement."

Maayan Sigal Koren said of her five family members: "They were all kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak. Except for my mother, they were all guests, and that terrible morning they were kidnapped at 11 a.m. from the safe room. At 8:<> A.M., my mother said, 'I know what's happening in Sderot and the kibbutzim – we have no chance of getting out of it.' Besides them, four others from the kibbutz were kidnapped. Do what you can to free the hostages. There must be no hierarchy in pain. Act sensitively and stand behind us and sign a rolling deal so that everyone will be released. There's no way I don't hug my mother and the entire Merman family."

Idan Baruch, whose brother Uriel was kidnapped from the party in Reim, "We thank you for welcoming us today. My brother Uriel is a father of two children who was kidnapped because his only sin was that he went to celebrate life. He loves a person. There are entire families who have been kidnapped who have no representation for anyone to talk about. Grandchildren, parents and grandparents. An entire family can become extinct like in the Holocaust if we don't do something. Every day that passes we don't know if they'll come back. We owe a sign of life from our dear ones. We understand that a transaction is complex. We understand that we are dealing with an organization that is not subject to any law. But when you give them something, give us a sign of life. You can't put in a drop of fuel without us getting a sign of life."

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