by Alex Lloyd Gross
On October 7.2023 the cowardly Hamas parachuted from the sky into a music festival in Israel. This unprovoked attack was part of the day of terror that started the Hamas war. While Hamas fighters were losing to Israel at every turn, the propaganda machine was in full operation.
They would tell anyone that listened the paratroopers and other Hamas soldiers were “Freedom Fighters”. Even Congress member Rashida Tlaib came out in favor of them. Her rhetoric has gotten her censured in the house. The division is downright scary. Americans have been protesting both side of the issue, with pro Hamas demonstrations resulting in arrests. At the University of Pennsylvania, they have called the FBI to investigate the actions of pro Palestinian students, who threatened Jewish students. Those that are arrested risk losing student aid.
The phrase “From the River To the Sea” is simply a code for kill Jews.
Israel has taken some Palestinians as prisoners and Hamas wants them back. During the first few days of the war saw Hamas take Israel citizens as hostages. Now a deal is underway to help free people on both sides. This issue is heated. Many have put up posters of people taken hostage by Hamas across the country. Some thoughtless vandals defaced those posters in Philadelphia, in the historical district. The posters were put up again, only higher. The more these posters are defaced, the more they will go back up. Both sides agreed to release those held captive.
President Biden issued a statement that reads “
I welcome the deal to secure the release of hostages taken by the terrorist group Hamas during its brutal assault against Israel on October 7th.
Jill and I have been keeping all those held hostage and their loved ones close to our hearts these many weeks, and I am extraordinarily gratified that some of these brave souls, who have endured weeks of captivity and an unspeakable ordeal, will be reunited with their families once this deal is fully implemented.
I thank Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt for their critical leadership and partnership in reaching this deal. And I appreciate the commitment that Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government have made in supporting an extended pause to ensure this deal can be fully carried out and to ensure the provision of additional humanitarian assistance to alleviate the suffering of innocent Palestinian families in Gaza. I look forward to speaking with each of these leaders and staying in close contact as we work to ensure this deal is carried through in its entirety. It is important that all aspects of this deal be fully implemented.
Alex Lloyd Gross File Photo Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
As President, I have no higher priority than ensuring the safety of Americans held hostage around the world. That’s why—from the earliest moments of Hamas’s brutal assault—my national security team and I have worked closely with regional partners to do everything possible to secure the release of our fellow citizens. We saw the first results of that effort in late October, when two Americans were reunited with their loved ones. Today’s deal should bring home additional American hostages, and I will not stop until they are all released.
Today’s deal is a testament to the tireless diplomacy and determination of many dedicated individuals across the United States Government to bring Americans home.