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Video Emerges of Bibas Family Abduction in Gaza; Netanyahu Reacts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog on Monday renewed their calls for the release of all Israeli hostages, reacting to the release of surveillance video showing the Oct. 7 abduction of Shiri Vibas and her young children.

Bivas and her young children, Ariel, 4, and Kfir, 1, were abducted and are believed to be alive, but Hamas claims they were killed in an Israeli airstrike. Hamas also released a hostage video of Yaden Bivas, the husband and father of the family.

The red-haired mother-son trio has become an iconic symbol of the more than 130 Israeli hostages still held captive. Kfir was a toddler when he was kidnapped, but turned one year old in captivity.

Kfir Bivas, the youngest hostage kidnapped by Hamas militants in the October 7 attack, as Israelis attend his first birthday celebration in Tel Aviv on January 18, 2024. Photos of her mother and younger brother are displayed in front of the balloons. Vivas was born on January 18th, which would have made him his first birthday if he were still alive. Hamas released a video in November announcing the deaths of the baby, her brother and mother, but there has been no confirmation from Israeli authorities and relatives are still clinging to hope that the baby is not dead. (Photo Credit: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP) (Photo Credit: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released live-streamed footage of the abduction during the October 7 Hamas attack on Kibbutz Nir Oz, a devastated community on the outskirts of Gaza where a quarter of the population was killed or abducted. Published.

The new footage was recovered from a camera in the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis, where the IDF continues to battle Hamas.

Breitbart News visited the Vibas home in Nir Oz earlier this month ahead of a visit by Argentine President Javier Millay.

The home of the Argentine-Israeli Bibas family who were kidnapped by Hamas on October 7th. Kibbutz Nir Oz, Israel, February 8, 2024 (Joel Pollack/Breitbart News)

Kibbutz Nir Oz issued the following statement in response to the new video:

This video is further evidence that Shiri Bibas and her young children Ariel and Kfir were abducted alive from their home in Kibbutz Nir Oz, along with her husband and father, Yarden.

The continued capture of Kfir Bibas, the youngest of all prisoners, by Hamas is a reminder that until all the hostages are returned, we are all hostages. We call on the State of Israel to act immediately to bring them home safely.

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded with a recorded video and statement in both Hebrew and English (via the Government Press Office).

[Hebrew]

The video of the Bibas family in Gaza is heartbreaking and reminds us who we are dealing with: brutal infant kidnappers.

We settle accounts with them.

And I say this to the world:

[English]

We will bring to justice those who kidnapped babies and mothers.

they won’t be able to escape it.

President Herzog tweeted the video and added the following statement:

One word. Savagery.

Hamas terrorists took the Bibas family and imprisoned them.

At just one year old, Kfir Bibas is the world’s youngest hostage.

The whole world needs to demand and commit to #BringThemHomeNow.

IDF spokesman Maj. Gen. Daniel Hagari rebuked:[T]People who have the audacity to question its operations in Gaza, but lack the basic decency and humanity to demand that Hamas release its hostages in the first place. ”

Negotiations over the release of more hostages have collapsed, with Hamas demanding Israel end the war and withdraw from Gaza, effectively admitting defeat. Israel has given Hamas until March 10, the start of Ramadan, to release the hostages or face destruction.

Joel B. Pollack is a senior editor at Breitbart News. Breitbart News Sunday Sunday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT) on Sirius XM Patriot. He is the author of the recent book, The Zionist Conspiracy (And How to Participate in It), now available on Audible. He is also the author of an e-book. Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter @joelpolak.

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