The families of Israeli hostages who were abducted by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7 didn't hear from their loved ones for a full four months. Israel believes that 104 of the hostages held in the Gaza Strip are still alive, however, with every passing day, their plight becomes even more unbearable.
In this week’s episode of THE ROSENBERG REPORT on TBN, Joel interviews four hostage families and hears about the torture they have been going through since their loved ones were stolen from them.
Twenty-one-year-old Omer Shem Tov was kidnapped at the Nova Music Festival in Israel’s south. The scene of that party became a bloodbath with more than 360 people killed by Palestinian terrorists.
“My son, Omer, was just starting his life,” his father Malki Shem Tov told Rosenberg. “He went to the wrong party.”
For 120 days now, Omer has been held by brutal terrorists who don’t care about his medical preconditions. He suffers from asthma and has celiac disease.
“I can imagine how difficult it was for him just not to breathe… He cannot even cough… You need to whisper… and he also has celiac, so he cannot eat bread and what they give them over there,” Omer’s father said.
Malki and his wife, Shelly, shared with Rosenberg how they pray every day for their son’s return.
What keeps them going despite the constant worry?
Ofri Bibas-Levy is the sister of Yarden Bibas, who was abducted along with his wife Shiri (32), and their sons Ariel (4) and baby Kfir (1) from Kibbutz Nir Oz.
“My family became the most famous hostage family abducted on October 7,” she said.
Ofri described to Rosenberg how her brother tried to protect his family on that awful day and push against the terrorists. He got out of the safe room because he couldn’t believe Hamas would kidnap a baby and a 4-year-old boy. Yet they did.
Since then, Ofri and her family were kept in the dark about their loved ones, until Hamas released footage of her brother.
“We saw my brother video and Hamas filmed them while telling him that his family was killed and a picture of him grieving and mourning and asking for the Israeli government to bring them back. This is the last evidence I have for my brother,” she said.
Ofri is now serving as a voice for her brother and his family.
What did she say in front of a room full of international media teams?
What is the most difficult part for Ofri and her family?
Unlike families of many hostages, Yoni Asher was lucky to get his wife Doron, and daughters Raz (4) and Aviv (2) back from captivity. They were released by Hamas in November, as part of the hostage deal that was mediated but lasted for seven days only.
Even though his family was reunited, Asher told Rosenberg that the trauma is still very much evident.
“Each day is October 7 for the families of Israeli hostages,” he said.
How are they coping?
Tonight’s episode also includes a sneak peek at Joel’s moving interview with the head of a German-Israeli Evangelical family, who aren’t Jewish, but whose IDF soldier son fell in battle in Gaza and made national headlines.
What drove Sgt.-Major Urija Bayer to join the IDF and sacrifice his life for Israel?
THE ROSENBERG REPORT airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. EST and Saturday nights at 9:30 p.m. EST – on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the most-watched Christian television network in the United States.
You can also watch at https://rosenbergreport.tv/.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.