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Daily Briefing April 23: Day 200 – Rachel Goldberg and Jon Polin want freedom for Hersh

Host Jessica Steinberg speaks to the parents of Hersh Goldberg-Polin about Passover, a hostage deal and working with Israel’s allies

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

It is day 200 of the war with Hamas. Host Jessica Steinberg talks with Rachel Goldberg and Jon Polin, parents of hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin in a pre-recorded interview.

The couple speaks about the painful realities of marking Passover, the holiday of freedom, when their only son is still held captive by terror organization Hamas.

Goldberg and Polin discuss their latest trip to the US, which included meetings with members of Congress and the Biden administration, and the hostage deal that was under discussion at the time, and later rejected.

Polin views the most recent proposal as Hamas’s opportunity to accept the ceasefire and end the suffering of the Gazans.

They both speak about the palpable shift in US attitudes to Israel, and then the subsequent Iranian attack, when Israel was backed by the global community. Polin discusses that moment as a real opportunity for Israel to say it wouldn’t respond until all the hostages come home.

For the latest updates, please see The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Hersh Goldberg-Polin’s parents contemplate Passover with their son in captivity

Passover celebrants urged to set a seat for a hostage, use a Haggadah of hope

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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