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Father of freed American-Israeli hostage thanks Biden for his efforts

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

The father of the American-Israeli hostage freed earlier today thanks US President Joe Biden for his efforts to secure his daughter’s release.

“I’m glad that President Biden is the president. I don’t see any other person around who would be able to manage the current situation as well as he has,” says Yehuda Beinin, the father of freed hostage Liat Beinin Atzilli, during a CNN interview.

Biden called Yehuda Beinin earlier this evening following his daughter’s release and invited him to the White House.

“Once again, the president has shown… that [he] is sharp as a tack and any intonation to any other state of his mind is patently ridiculous,” Beinin says, dismissing concerns regarding the 81-year-old Biden’s mental fitness.

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