ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 147

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Grandkids of elderly hostage call on PM to bring back abductees ‘now’

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

Hili Cooper (with microphone) and Or Nohomovitch (right), tell protesters how they miss their grandfather, Amiram Cooper, held hostage in Gaza, at a rally for the release of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, at Hostages Square in Tel Aviv, February 10, 2024. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90)
Hili Cooper (with microphone) and Or Nohomovitch (right), tell protesters how they miss their grandfather, Amiram Cooper, held hostage in Gaza, at a rally for the release of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, at Hostages Square in Tel Aviv, February 10, 2024. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90)

Two 10-year-old children, Hili Cooper and Or Nohomovitch, tell thousands of people in Tel Aviv’s Hostages Square how they miss their grandfather, Amiram Cooper.

“I miss the rides in your mobility scooter, and your greeting cards and going to the pool with pretzels [and] apples and I miss grandma’s strawberry cake, which she doesn’t make because she’s sad,” says Or, addressing his grandfather, abducted by terrorists from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7.

Hili Cooper says she missed her grandfather on Family Day last week.

Amiram Cooper was taken captive by Hamas terrorists to Gaza from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)

“Netanyahu, I’m addressing you because you are the prime minister: Bring back my grandfather now, he doesn’t have much time!” says Or Nohomovitch.

Eyal Ben-Reuven, a retired major general in the Israel Defense Forces, follows the children, saying: “I trained thousands of soldiers to leave no man behind, ever. This is our moral imperative.”

The price, he adds in reference to retrieving the hostages, “will be unbearable, and we will stand behind you,” he tells Netanyahu and the war cabinet.

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