Video: Representatives of the families of the abductees speak at the opening of the Knesset Finance Committee/Spokesperson's Committee
Representatives of the families of the abductees spoke at the start of the Finance Committee meeting on Monday. Noam Dan, from the family of Sahar and Erez Calderon, who were released but whose father Ofer is still in captivity: "I want to know if they gave up on us, if the government of Israel, if the State of Israel gave up on these 136 people. I can handle it if they tell me we gave up, it doesn't meet our goals. I want there to be decent enough ministers and government ministers, I want to know if they have given up on me.
"If there are 136 people here that we are pursuing for the sake of security, then there is an illusion here, there will be no settlers, there will be no one to come to the reserves, anyone to enlist. If my prime minister says at the same press conference that there are 3 goals and their order changes, as if toppling Hamas is not a task that there is time to do, the only thing that cannot be done is to return the abductees.
Erez and Sahar Calderon together with Eitan Yahalomi on the way to the Red Cross vehicles / Screenshot, without
"Sahar and Erez came back with testimonies that I can't tell, we know that 3 abductees were hit by our forces' fire. The question is whether they gave up on us, if it's too high a price I want you to tell me. There is public deception, I am not the burden, the families of the abductees are you, they have hijacked our country and our values. The value of human life is a value, toppling Hamas is not a value, it is a mission and there will be time for it.
"You talk about coalition finances, as if there is nothing else. I'm not your disorder, there's ongoing abandonment here and I have blood on my hands, because if I come here and you don't understand that you can't talk about something else, then I'm not okay."
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Ofri Bibas, sister of Yarden Bibas, who is in captivity with his wife Shiri, and his sons Ariel and Kfir: "We come here to the families of the abductees, because it is important for us to continue to remind us that the government's supreme and only obligation as far as we are concerned is to return our families. I hear all kinds of fights over the budget, it's so unnecessary, everyone together has to do everything to bring them back. We hear the testimonies of those who return, every day is life-threatening. I'm not talking about Kfir who is 10 months old, Ariel is 4, we hear about the nutritional conditions, hygiene, Shiri there alone. This is even if we ignore Hamas' announcement, because we think they are alive. We demand that they come back quickly.
"My brother, who beyond looking like half a person, received the worst news that can be received alone in captivity, without knowing whether it is true or not, as far as he is concerned, it is true. I know how he's doing and he doesn't have another day to stay there, he has a hanging rope around his head and every day he tightens, the Israeli government has to do everything. We are a people that sanctifies life, it needs to open every discussion, that's all that needs to be talked about, as far as we're concerned, it's not more important, it's the future of the state, it's its face. I beg everyone who leaves the room that this is what they will have in mind, you can't wait anymore, this is the top priority and the first goal."
Shiri, Ariel, Kfir and Yarden Bibas. Still in Gaza/Social media documentation under section 27A of the Copyright Law
"I think everyone agrees that soul control and the return of prisoners is paramount," committee chairman MK Moshe Gafni said at the end of the abductees' remarks.
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