The day Yuval Bitton, Israeli dentist, saved the life of Yahya Sinwar, leader of Hamas – Libération

The day Yuval Bitton, Israeli dentist, saved the life of Yahya Sinwar, leader of Hamas – Libération
The day Yuval Bitton, Israeli dentist, saved the life of Yahya Sinwar, leader of Hamas – Libération

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In 2004, Yuval Bitton was part of the medical team that detected the Hamas leader’s tumor in Gaza during his detention in Israel. In an article in the “New York Times” published Monday, May 27, the doctor who became an intelligence officer recounts his long hours of exchanges with the Islamist.

When his daughter alerted him on the morning of October 7 – “Dad, what happened in Israel? Turn on the TV !” –, Yuval Bitton tunes into a news channel and instantly understands who the mastermind of this terrorist attack is. A prisoner he knew under the number 7333335, incarcerated in Israeli jails from 1989 until 2011, when he was released in a prisoner exchange. A man whose life he saved: Yahya Sinwar, leader of the Islamist movement Hamas in Gaza.

While the 57-year-old Israeli, a caregiver and retired for two years, watches the horror live on television, everything comes back. The dental clinic at the Beersheba prison complex in the Negev desert in southern Israel, where he works as a dentist; how he found himself coming to the aid of prisoner Yahya Sinwar in 2004, respecting the Hippocratic Oath to which he swore to be faithful; how the leader of Hamas in Gaza then declared to him, according to the incredible story published Monday May 27 by the New York Times, that he “owed life”.

When he was struck by this intuition, Yuval Bitton did not yet know it, but his nephew Tamir Adar, a farmer,

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