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"I thought about what to say to a child who returned from captivity. In the end, it was a supreme hour" - voila! sport

2023-11-29T11:47:30.989Z

Highlights: "I thought about what to say to a child who returned from captivity. In the end, it was a supreme hour" - voila! sport. Avi Nemani has seen and experienced many things since October 7. "I thought I'd been through everything in life, but life is constantly reexamining us" "I had a hard time with the situation this week with Gal's family, because you see that they went through a period there that I don't wish on anyone"


Avi Nemani has seen and experienced many things since October 7. In an interview after the visit to Gal Goldstein, who returned from Hamas, he says: "I thought I had been through everything in my life, but life is challenging."


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More than 70 people killed in the Hamas terror campaign and the war in Gaza were Maccabi Tel Aviv fans. Almost from day one, Avi Nemani found himself traveling to funerals, shiva, visits to the wounded and families of abductees and evacuees. But the other day he had another visit. Eleven year old Gal Goldstein, who returned from captivity with his mother and two brothers after his father and sister were murdered, asked to meet him. "The truth is that all the way to Schneider Hospital, I thought to myself what I was saying to the child who had just returned from Hamas captivity. How to talk to a child, to a family that has just returned. What to do to say the right and sensitive words. But as soon as I entered the hospital and met Gal, I calmed down too. It was a supreme hour of meeting."

You've probably done countless encounters, but it seems to be something else when you meet a kidnapped person who has returned home.

"Listen, I'm not diminishing any event that has happened so far in this war. Every event means a lot to both the families and me personally. Funerals, shiva, visits by wounded soldiers to hospitals and, of course, the story of the abductees, which is currently at the top of the agenda. I saw very difficult things. I thought I'd been through everything in life, but life is constantly reexamining us. Life is challenging every time. Last week I was with the family of Captain Adir Portugal, who was killed in the northern Gaza Strip. You come to shiva and you see pain, crying, heartbreak. It's not easy. It's not easy to deal with. You're in a situation where you no longer have anything to say. There are no words."

Life has brought you to many places. You accompanied Maccabi Tel Aviv fans who died due to serious illnesses. It's something else.

"I had a hard time with the situation this week with Gal's family, because you see that they went through a period there that I don't wish on anyone. In impossible conditions, in the dark. It's hard for them to open their eyes. These are not things that anyone deserves to go through, certainly not children. This further illustrates that we have to go all the way. We must not stop. Not for political reasons or anything. No one should make the decisions for us. This is a war of existence. If we don't manage to control Gaza and topple Hamas there and at the same time neutralize the danger in the north so that people will return to their homes, then we will live here without deterrence and all the neighbors around us will take advantage of it as Hamas did on October 11."

Are you worried about a deal that will be accompanied by a cessation of the war?

"If we stop fighting, then whoever is in power today will no longer be able to be in power. I'm sure that won't happen. I am convinced that the state understands that it must go all the way, and most importantly that the soldiers want to go all the way. The spearhead of the battle understands what trouble we are in, and if we don't deal with it, it will become the biggest problem."

"Professor of Sports". Avi Nemani at the exciting meeting/screenshot, Instagram, Avi Nemani

Avi, take me back to the phone call you received to get to a meeting with Gal Goldstein.

"The truth is that it started already in Hungary when I went to the national team games. After all, families from the envelope who got some air came there, and then the family's aunt turned to me and told me that there was a child in captivity who really loved me and Maccabi Tel Aviv. She said that when he was released, they would want the boy to meet me. In my heart I said, 'Wow, this could happen in a long time.' I couldn't believe that ten days would pass and a family friend with Gal's aunt would call me and ask me to come see him. It was at 17pm and they said they would arrange permits for visiting. They said they wouldn't let you in, but they'd take care of it. They arranged everything quickly and already after two hours at 00:19 P.M. I was there. I sat with the family and Gal and it was very moving. After an hour, I left because we had to let the child recover. A cute boy, a lovely boy, an intelligent boy for his age. I think he'll come to his senses in a while. I really hope he and the family get back to themselves. This is not an event that can be eliminated at the push of a button."

Gal is only 00 years old. He didn't see you play and yet he wanted to meet you.

"I didn't ask how well he knew me, but the truth is he's a sports professor. Know everything about Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Israeli national team. Both from the present and from the past."

How did you find the words in the meeting?

"Everything has to be gentle. Gradually. Soft and pleasant concrete. There was a really deep and heartfelt conversation. Also with the rest of the family."

During these two months you must have handed out quite a few gifts from your private collection. Is there anything else left?

"Honestly, I have nothing left of what I collected. I gave things I kept to my children, but that's fine. It's worth everything. Football is important, but the establishment of the state is more important."

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Avi Nemani visits Gal Goldstein, the boy who returned after being kidnapped in the Gaza Strip/Screenshot, Instagram, Avi Nemani

What kept them captive? What gave them hope and optimism?

"There is always hope. In my conversation with him, too, we talked about the light at the end of the tunnel. We must not lose hope."

The father and sister were murdered. Did they know about it?

"I'm not convinced they knew that in captivity. The four of them were together all the time. I don't know if they were with other people."

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