Mothers of Abducted Teen Says Deal To End Hunger Strike Is A ‘Big Mistake’


mothers-of-abducted-teens-at-the-knesset-meetingBat Galim Shaer, mother to Gil-Ad, said today that she was surprised to hear about the agreement the Israel Prisoners Service signed with the Palestinian detainees that led to suspension of the hunger strike.

Speaking at a meeting at the Knesset between MKs and the mothers of the three kidnapped teens who returned from Geneva on Wednesday, Bat Galim said: “I woke up this morning, turned on the news and I pinched myself. The prime minister is prepared to sign a deal with the security prisoners. Is it true? Could it be?”

“Gil-Ad, Naftali and Eyal are living in a hiding-place, held by ‘sons of Belial’ – and the prime minister seeks to appease them?,” Bat Galim asked critically. “If the prime minister knows who the kidnappers are, he should take any kind of action to press them to return the boys alive: stop transfer of funds, worsen the conditions for inmates, and put pressure on the Palestinian Authority, so that Hamas would understand that it doesn’t pay off to kidnap children.”

Gil-Ad’s mother continued her critique, saying: “The Ramadan is coming up, how is it possible that our nation is living in a state of uncertainty, while the Palestinian people erupt in celebrations? It can’t be that the people of Israel live in insecurity while the Palestinian people live routine lives. Mr. Prime Minister, Public Security Minister, you got mixed up. An agreement with the hunger strikers is a big mistake.”

During the meeting, attended by 20 MKs, including Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett, Uri Ariel and Meir Cohen, the mother of Eyal, Iris Cohen, burst into tears and said: “Hannah’s prayer reads ‘Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard’, and later on it is said that ‘Eli thought she was drunk.’ Hannah was praying for her child. My son Eyal disappeared 13 days ago, and I, like a drunken person – like Hannah – am beside myself.”

“My heart frets, worries, is destroyed. The daily routine gets broken up. My soul is overwhelmed with concern for the safety of Eyal, Gil-Ad and Naftali…I love my son Eyal and I want him to come back home.”


{ Israel}


  1. Let them all starve until the boys are returned. They treat us like vermin. Let’s give them a taste of their own medicine. An eye for an eye…

  2. Sign of weakness would they let up onyom Kippur? War is war and the Israelis are worried what the world will say. Give em one good Klapp and the won’t forget

  3. Seriously stop thinking about what the world has to say. Wtv we do they choose to look badly on us so let them die. Who cares !?!

  4. Israel did the right thing in alleviating the stress on the prisoners. It is humane. Ultimately, we are not winning a war with swords. Wheels of hate are not austerity. We win the war with spirituality and placement of time with good proportion in honor’s voice. And then we can manipulate trust in greeting human tolerance with the decisions to use force for the desired effect of standing up for human tolerance. This is a bad sincerity to worry about what the ultimate aim of the prisoners becomes, but ultimately, Israel has the first calling for freedom.