Between Distress And Hope, The Parents Of Hostage Noa Argamani Recount Their Fight To See Their Daughter Again

Between Distress And Hope, The Parents Of Hostage Noa Argamani Recount Their Fight To See Their Daughter Again
Between Distress And Hope, The Parents Of Hostage Noa Argamani Recount Their Fight To See Their Daughter Again

“This Passover, at the seder, Noah’s chair was empty. We hope she will be with us next year, with God’s help.” These words are those of the parents of Noa Argamani, hostage of Hamas for more than 200 days. Interviewed on Israeli television, both shared their distress in the face of the endless wait but also their hope, motivated by their faith, of seeing their daughter again. “I miss her so much. It’s impossible to describe how much I miss her,” said her mother, Liora. Suffering from stage 4 brain cancer, she made a heartbreaking appeal to President Joe Biden a few weeks after October 7, begging the American president to work so that she could hug Noa one last time before leaving. ‘turn off.

“I am a believing man. I have faith in God and in the miracles he can perform,” says Yaakov, the father of the young woman, who wears the kippah. “But the leaders must also do everything in their power to achieve the release of the hostages,” he adds, before asserting, with a sob in his voice: “Noa was the soul of this without her, there is no more joy.

Liora and Yaakov saw the latest video released by Hamas of the kidnapping of Noa, 23, at the Nova festival. We see her on a motorbike, her face covered with a cloth, and we hear her crying. “Seeing her like this has once again torn our hearts. As parents who have always done everything to protect her and surround her with love, it is unbearable,” confides the father. He said he still found a little comfort in these images, seeing that the terrorists were obviously trying “to protect Noa”, according to him. And this even if it is only a question of preserving their currency. “I tell myself that we share with these people the same father, Abraham,” he continues.

Yaakov says he is unable to consider the possibility that his daughter could have been raped during her captivity. “I refuse to think about it,” he said. He, who struggles on a daily basis between the torments linked to his daughter’s captivity and those linked to his wife’s terminal illness, confides that he feels “that his whole world is collapsing”. However, he continues to be optimistic, trying to find the words for his wife and to maintain hope. “You will see Liora, everything will work out in the end,” he concluded, wiping his tears and those of his wife.

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