Freed hostage Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, says she met Sinwar in Gaza, asked him why he wasn’t ashamed of himself

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel

Yocheved Lifshitz (center), who was freed in October from Hamas captivity, protests in Tel Aviv on November 28, 2023, alongside family members, for the release of the remaining hostages, including her husband, Oded. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Yocheved Lifshitz (center), who was freed in October from Hamas captivity, protests in Tel Aviv on November 28, 2023, alongside family members, for the release of the remaining hostages, including her husband, Oded. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, who was released from Hamas captivity last month, reveals in an interview that she met Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar during her time held in Gaza — and was not afraid to tell him what she thought.

“Sinwar was with us three-four days after we got there,” Lifshitz tells the Davar news outlet. “I asked him how he wasn’t ashamed, to do such a thing to people who for years support peace? He didn’t answer. He was quiet.”

Lifshitz turned out yesterday evening at a rally outside the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, calling for the release of her husband, Oded Lifshitz, 83, who is still held hostage in Gaza.

“I’m here to protest. To bring my Oded home,” Lifshitz told the news outlet. “We will keep protesting until all of the hostages are back.”

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