IDF spokesman on Hamas video of hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin: ‘This is an urgent call for action’

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Commenting on the Hamas hostage video of Hersh Goldberg-Polin, IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says it is “an urgent call for action,” while vowing that the military “will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to find our hostages.”

”Hamas just published a video of 23-year-old, Hersh Goldberg-Polin, an American-Israeli boy, who was celebrating with his friends at the Nova Music Festival, when he was violently and brutally attacked and kidnapped by Hamas on October 7,” he says in an English-language video statement.

“Hersh has been held by Hamas in Gaza for over 200 days. 133 hostages are still being held by Hamas in Gaza — for over 200 days, in inhumane conditions,” Hagari continues.

He says that “until Hamas releases our hostages the IDF will continue to pursue Hamas everywhere in Gaza.”

“This is an urgent call for action. We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to find our hostages,” Hagari says.

“This psychological terror video is not only a reminder of what Hamas did on October 7th, It is a reminder of how sick this terror group is, terrorizing the hostages and their families too.

“To Hersh’s parents Rachel and Jon: Our hearts are with you. We will continue doing everything in our power to bring your son Hersh and all our hostages back home. Your strength continues to inspire us as we fulfill this critical mission,” he adds.

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