As Jews, we have always jumped into the celebration of Thanksgiving. Since arriving in the United States three generations ago, my family has embraced this holiday as representative of the protection this country would give to us as Jews.
I was in Israel when the war broke out. My spouse and I flew for the holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah to spend time with our children who live in Israel. The first part of our trip was pure joy. And then October 7th brought us fear, sadness, and uncertainty.
How many hostages does Hamas have? What hostages are being released today? And have any Israeli hostages been released? While the large-scale, brutal slaughter of Israeli civilians and military personnel has been devastating, Hamas terrorists also kidnapped nearly 167 civilians in the criminal assault.
From the frontlines of the Israel-Hamas War, Lt. Col. (res.) Avital Leibovich, director of AJC Jerusalem, joins us to discuss the current pause in fighting between Israel and the terror group Hamas, the release of hostages, and more.