The Israeli ambassador in Bulgaria: "We want our children back; they want their terrorists back."

With the announcement of a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, which included the release of some of the hostages kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, and the release of a greater number of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, it is important to highlight the differences between the two groups.

This is indicated in a telegram delivered to BGNES by the ambassador of the State of Israel to our country, H.E. Yossi Levi Sfari.

"Who are the Israeli children kidnapped by Hamas?" Kfir Bibas, the youngest, was nine months old when he was kidnapped. Many of the other abductees are young (one of the abducted ladies is thought to have given birth in captivity).On October 7, many of the hostages witnessed the slaughter, burning, mutilation, and rape of their parents, siblings, and friends. They have never committed any acts of violence. Many of them still do not understand what violence is - or did not until October 7. They had no idea what it was like to be snatched from their homes when they were practically on fire, thrown onto a motorbike or a truck, brought to an unknown destination, humiliated and thrown into a tunnel.They lived in quiet neighbourhoods with happy families, many of whom were actively committed in promoting peace with the neighbouring Gaza Strip.They were all taken solely because they were in Israel.

Who are the Palestinian minors and women sought by Hamas? Here are a few sample cases chosen at random: Ibrahim Samir Ibrahim Tsabah, 16, was arrested for attempted murder and weapon possession. Ibrahim Awad Mohammad Abiat, 17, is another case in point. He was arrested for attempted murder. Adam Mahmoud Mhamad Abu Hamed, 16, was detained for severe bodily harm, arson, terrorism support, and intentional property damage. The list goes on and on. Most are 16-17 years old, but some are as young as 14, demonstrating the degree and depth of anti-Israeli sentiment taught in pupils by the Palestinian educational system.

Israeli courts, like those in other countries, must sometimes sentence adolescents for committing crimes. Unfortunately, Israeli courts are frequently forced to convict Palestinian adolescents on terrorist-related crimes.

The two groups are polar opposites: Hamas abducts innocent individuals merely for being who they are, whereas Israel convicts people based on what they have done. Israelis want their children back, but Hamas wants terrorists released.

Who are the Hamas detainees, held hostage in tunnels, denied access to the International Red Cross, and denied all human rights? These are women, children, and babies who were innocent until October 7, when Hamas terrorists stripped them of their innocence. "They now understand what terror looks like, how ugly and cruel the world can be," Safari adds. /BGNES