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President Isaac Herzog

Herzog's 2024 Message to World Leaders: Help Bring the Hostages Home

On New Year’s Eve, President Isaac Herzog posted a plea on X for world leaders to aid in the immediate return of the 133 Israeli citizens who have remained in Hamas captivity since October 7.

“As we enter 2024, I call on the entire family of nations, on all world leaders, to demand and work for the immediate, unconditional release of our 133 hostages,” Herzog wrote.

“Babies, the elderly, women, men, are being held in brutal captivity by Hamas, without vital medication or visitation from the Red Cross. Their immediate release is at the core of our battle with Hamas terrorists in Gaza. May the light dispel the darkness, and may the New Year bring peace, hope, and healing for all.”

As mentioned in Herzog’s post, the Red Cross has failed to provide medical care or visit the abducted civilians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out a week ago over the international body’s failure to provide life-saving medication to the hostages.

“I met with the Red Cross; I handed them a box of medicine for some of the hostages shown here. Some of them really need it... I told a representative to take this box to Rafah; she said no. It was a difficult conversation,” the Prime Minister told a special Knesset session. (JPost / VFI News)

“Lord, as we step into 2024, we pray for the release of all hostages currently being held by Hamas. We continually pray for their well-being and mental health, as well as for their families. We hope that they will soon be reunited, rejoice in Your Grace, and feel safe again.”

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