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FM Cohen slams Irish PM for saying released Gaza hostage was ‘found’ after she was ‘lost’

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen chides Ireland’s prime minister for saying that an Israeli-Irish child hostage was “found” after she was “lost,” after she was released yesterday by Hamas, 50 days into her captivity.

  • In a post on X directed at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Cohen writes: “It seems you have lost your moral compass and need a reality check!”

Emily Hand, 9, was originally presumed dead after Hamas attacked Kibbutz Be’eri as part of its October 7 rampage against Israel’s southern communities and a large outdoor music festival, killing some 1,200 people, the majority civilians.

Hand was later confirmed to be among the 240 hostages taken that day to the Gaza Strip.

  • “Emily Hand was not ‘lost,’ she was kidnapped by a terror organization worse than ISIS that murdered her stepmother,” Cohen continues.
  • “Emily and more than 30 other Israeli children were taken hostage by Hamas, and you are trying to legitimize and normalize terror. Shame on you!” he adds.

Source: TOI