Those we are missing

Taken captive: Omer Neutra, Long Island-born natural leader

Serving as a tank commander near Gaza, missing in action since October 7

American-born Omer Neutra is presumed taken captive by Hamas on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)
American-born Omer Neutra is presumed taken captive by Hamas on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)

Growing up in Long Island, New York, Omer Neutra was a fan of the Knicks, and was the captain of his high school basketball team, his volleyball team, and the soccer team, when necessary.

“That’s the kind of guy he is,” said his father, Ronen Neutra.

Neutra has been missing since October 7, while serving as a tank commander near Gaza.

When Neutra’s parents, Ronen and Orna, heard what was happening, the father scrambled to contact his son.

The parents weren’t able to reach their son and he is believed to have been taken captive by Hamas terrorists who massacred 1,400 people and kidnapped at least 200 others, including a number of US citizens.

Neutra decided to join the Israeli army after spending a gap year in Israel in 2020, putting off his plans to attend college at Binghamton University.

Ronen Neutra told CBS that his son is interested in peace-building and looked forward to returning to Long Island and college.

“They said that he’s been taken captive,” said Orna Neutra. “So many have died that it’s just insane that you feel relief to think that your son is not dead, you know?”

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