Idan Amedi, an actor on the hit Israeli T.V. show “Fauda,” was released from the hospital on Thursday, more than two weeks after he was seriously injured in the Gaza Strip during battle against Hamas terrorists.
“I have a long recovery ahead of me, I was seriously injured. The very fact that I’m standing in front of you is a miracle,” the actor and acclaimed singer said at a press conference at the Sheba Hospital in central Israel. “A shrapnel that entered my body in the throat miraculously didn’t damage the spinal cord. My body and soul are indeed damaged, but my spirit is stronger than ever. I will return to create, to sing, I will return to play,” he said.
Amedi, who plays an elite soldier named Sagi in the critically acclaimed Israeli television series, was among the hundreds of thousands of Israelis who jumped to service on October 7, after Hamas terrorists stormed southern Israel, massacring 1,200 and taking hostage over 240. A reservist in the combat engineering corps, he was reported in serious condition on January 9 in fighting in the southern Gaza Strip.
At the time, his father said Amedi was stable but urged the public to pray from his son’s recovery. Well wishes for Amedi came from all sectors of Israeli society, including his co-star’s on the series.
Amedi had posted videos of his time in Gaza, telling his fans in a social media post “I am ready not to perform or sing a song for a year. We must not abandon the citizens of the south and the north. We will not stop fighting [until] the elimination of Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.”
“The Israeli people are the strongest people in the world.” Israeli singer-songwriter and actor Idan Amedi, who was injured in #Gaza 17 days ago while heroically defending the people of #Israel, sends a powerful message as he is set to be released from the hospital. Am Yisrael… pic.twitter.com/wVwlYGjqjT
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) January 25, 2024
At the press conference on Thursday, the well-spirited Amedi added “My spirit is strong thanks to the people of Israel who wrapped me in love, this thing is not taken for granted. It will also take me time to contain the amount of love I received, thank you all.”
He also sent condolences to those who lost soldiers, “Sending a hug to the bereaved families, I know there are no words that will comfort the heart, it is important to me that you know that the sons and daughters are my heroes until the end of my days. In certain moments we allowed ourselves to cry together, they meant a lot.”
Amedi described the moment when he was injured, saying “It’s the kind of moment where you just think you want to live, there’s not much more. At the moment of the explosion, after I landed on the ground, the only thing was to signal that I was alive and that they would come and take care of me. You think about your home, your family… We were already at the end of the mission, and a few hours before we entered, another ammunition depot exploded there. I made sure where all the fighters were, and then quite by surprise the explosion happened.”
The cause of the explosion is not currently known, but two of his fellow soldiers died during the blast. In tears, he honored his fallen comrades “The late Major General Gabriel Blum and the late Major General Akiva Yasinski. Gavri was a professional fighter, inquisitive and strong person. I had the privilege of knowing him in the war and fighting alongside him. He was a beloved person. Akiva and I have known each other since the age of 19, we were accepted together into the patrol team, we were trained together, we fought together in many operations and in the various wars.”
Remorseful, he sought to take blame for their deaths, directing to their families and the fallen, saying “I’m sorry I didn’t live up to my mission as a commander to return them home safely, this pain will accompany me like a sign of Cain until my last day.”
Amedi gave remarks for the future, saying “We have a mission as a nation to remain united, not to fall apart. To prove to those who sacrificed their lives for us that their sacrifice was not in vain… Although I was seriously injured, my spirit is strong. I will return to sing and act, and with God’s help, I will return to fight for my country. The Israelis are the strongest in the world, when we are united we are invincible. It will take time but we will win this war, we have no other choice. Thank you all for coming, the nation of Israel lives.”
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IDF Announces Major Eyal Shuminov Killed by Anti-Tank Missile in Gaza
i24 News – During a raid on Gaza’s Zeytun neighborhood, Major Eyal Shuminov of the Givati Brigade was tragically killed by an anti-tank missile.
The incident occurred when IDF forces identified a Hamas terrorist on the roof of a building and subsequently eliminated him.
Major Shuminov, a company commander in the Shaked Battalion (424) of the Givati Brigade, hailed from Karmiel and was just 24 years old at the time of his death. The IDF announced that he fell in battle on the 24th of Adar HaSphad (February 24, 2024).
His death marks the loss of 238 IDF soldiers since the start of the ground invasion in Gaza.
Following his death, Major Shuminov was posthumously promoted from the rank of captain to the rank of major. The IDF has extended its condolences to Major Shuminov’s family and pledged to continue supporting them during this difficult time.
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Netanyahu: Cabinet Will Vote on Rafah Operation Next Week
i24 News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed plans for a cabinet meeting next week to finalize the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) strategy for an operation in Rafah, including the evacuation of civilians from the area.
The decision comes amid ongoing negotiations with Hamas regarding the release of hostages held by the militant group.
In a statement posted on social media platform X on Saturday, Netanyahu emphasized the importance of reaching a new framework for the release of hostages and the completion of the elimination of Hamas battalions in Rafah. He underscored the necessity of a combination of military pressure and diplomatic negotiations to achieve these objectives.
“We are working to obtain another outline for the release of our hostages, as well as the completion of the elimination of the Hamas battalions in Rafah. That is why I sent a delegation to Paris, and tonight, we will discuss the next steps in the negotiations,” Netanyahu stated in his post.
אנו פועלים להשיג מתווה נוסף לשחרור חטופינו, וכן את השלמת חיסול גדודי החמאס ברפיח.
לכן שלחתי משלחת לפריז ונדון הערב בצעדים הבאים במו״מ,
ולכן בתחילת השבוע אכנס את הקבינט לאישור התוכניות המבצעיות לפעולה ברפיח, כולל פינוי האוכלוסייה האזרחית משם.
רק שילוב של לחץ צבאי ומשא ומתן תקיף…
— Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) February 24, 2024
The prime minister’s announcement signals a significant escalation in Israel’s approach to the ongoing conflict, with plans for a potential military operation in Rafah gaining momentum.
Netanyahu concluded his statement by reaffirming the government’s determination to achieve its goals in the war, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive strategy that combines military action with diplomatic efforts.
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IDF Chief of Staff: Fighting is Key for Negotiating Hostages’ Release
i24 News – In a recent assessment of the situation in the northern Gaza Strip, the Chief of Staff, alongside other military commanders, emphasized the crucial role of the ongoing fighting effort in negotiations for the release of abducted individuals.
During the assessment, which took place on Saturday, the Chief of Staff, accompanied by Major General Yaron Finkelman, commander of the Southern Command, and Lieutenant Colonel Itzik Cohen, commander of Division 162, discussed the progress and strategy in the conflict zone.
The Chief of Staff’s remarks shed light on the multifaceted approach being taken to deepen military achievements in the region. He highlighted the importance of returning to areas with improved intelligence to make more significant advancements, both tactically and strategically.
These efforts, he noted, not only target enemy combatants but also aim to dismantle infrastructure and clear territories to enhance operational effectiveness.
Addressing the ongoing negotiations for the release of abductees, the Chief of Staff emphasized the interconnectedness between military achievements and diplomatic endeavors. He underscored the pivotal role of the fighting effort in exerting pressure on Hamas, thereby potentially facilitating the release of kidnapped individuals.
“The fighting effort is the most effective action that helps those who carry and give in all kinds of places for the release of the kidnapped,” stated the Chief of Staff. “This is the lever we are taking down on Hamas, and you are taking it down very well.”
The Chief of Staff’s remarks underscore the complex interplay between military operations and diplomatic negotiations in conflict zones. While the focus remains on achieving military objectives, there is also a recognition of the broader strategic goals, including the safe return of abducted individuals.
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