At rally hours after Hamas released video of his son, Dani Miran pleads for a deal, urges Sinwar to ‘show some humanity’

Cnaan Lidor is The Times of Israel's Jewish World reporter

Dani Miran speaks at a rally in Tel Aviv's Hostages Square on April 27, 2024, soon after Hamas released a propaganda video of his son Omri, who was abducted on October 7 and is held by Hamas in Gaza. (Paulina Patimer/Hostages and Missing Families Forum)
File: Dani Miran speaks to visitors at Hostages Square in Tel Aviv, on November 27, 2023. (Canaan Lidor/Times of Israel)

Addressing thousands at Hostages Square, Dani Miran describes how he felt seeing a filmed message from his son in Gaza that Hamas released today.

“As I had expected, he had a beard. Because he has nothing to shave with,” says Dani of his son Omri, whom Hamas terrorists abducted on October 7 from Kibbutz Nahal Oz. “I saw another thing — I scrutinized every millimeter in the image — I saw he’s not brushing his teeth, either.”

Dani, who has himself grown a beard since his son was abducted, vows to shave it off with his son when he returns.

In the edited three-minute-long video of Miran and another hostage, Keith Siegel, they identify themselves, speak to their families, and say they are hoping for a hostage deal that would see them and other hostages returned home.

Hostages Keith Siegel (right) and Omri Miran are seen in a Hamas propaganda video aired April 27, 2024. (Screenshot: Telegram)

Dani Miran tells the crowds in Hostages Square: “I hope a deal will really happen now.”

He calls on Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, to “Take a small step and spare bloodshed for both peoples.” Addressing Sinwar, he continues: “Show some humanity, and [Israel’s] cabinet will reciprocate, I am sure of it.”

To Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the war cabinet, Miran says, “Approve any deal, but any deal, that’s feasible. I implore you, one request: Make the decision now.”

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