On Monday, the mother, who kept her name anonymous for the safety of her 12 and 16-year-old boys who she says were kidnapped and taken to Gaza, was interviewed on "Andrea Mitchell Reports." She told the host how she heard her children being kidnapped over the phone in real time.
Mitchell then asked the grief-stricken mother about her feelings on "the attacks against Gaza right now," regarding civilian casualties in the terrorist-controlled area.
The mother responded, "You're looking for a symmetrical situation and I must say it isn't. If you were dealing with a war who is between two countries, countries don't take children hostage. I'm sorry. It’s against the laws of war. It's against humanity. It's against anything that we all believe in."
She continued, "Every time we have missiles shot at us, I used to say to my children that they should be sympathetic towards the children of Gaza because they suffer a lot more than they do. I'm not sure I still believe it now. And I must say the only worry I have now from the bombings in Gaza is the fact that my children are there. And I can't be sympathetic anymore.”
“I can't be sympathetic to animal human beings, well, they're not really human beings, who came into my house, broke everything, stole everything, took my children from their bedrooms and took them to the Gaza Strip. Israel's never done that and it will never do [it]. So there is no symmetry. I'm sorry."
Mitchell then asked the mother if she wanted the Israeli government to prioritize rescuing the hostages before the Israeli Defense Forces retaliated.
The mother replied, "I want my government to put it on the first priority and I want the world to put it on its first priority."
"Any mother in the world should try and imagine her children under that situation and then think again. That's all I want. "I want the world to ask them to release children, to release elderlies, to release the civilians they took. There is no reason to hold them there. They are not soldiers.
They are not part of the war. And they have nothing to do with it."
The mother said of the people living in Gaza, "We gave them work permits. We really believed that this was the way to move their economy to reconnect these two so-called countries! This is not the way a country behaves. This is the way that a terror organization behaves. I'm sorry. So, again, there's no symmetry.”
Over 1,000 Israelis have been murdered and thousands more injured by the Hamas terror attacks. Over 150 were taken to Gaza as hostages.
14 Americans have been murdered and an additional 20 are missing, but the US government is unsure how many are being held hostage by Hamas.
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