Video released of Biden's phone call with American hostages released by Hamas

October 22, 2023
by
Robert Ayers

The White House has released the video taken of the telephone conversation that President Joe Biden had with the two American hostages whom Hamas has recently released. 

The video can be found here.

The two hostages who have been freed are 17-year-old Natalie Raanan and her mother, Judith Raanan. They were among the roughly 200 people that Hamas took when the group carried out its Oct. 7, 2023, terrorist attack against Israel.

It appears that the above video, capturing the phone conversation between them and Biden, took place shortly after Judith and Natalie were freed.

The phone call

It begins with an operator telling Biden, "Mr. President, here's Judith and Natalie." Here, Judith and Natalie can be heard saying, "Hello," to which Biden replies, "Hey, Judith." Then, Judith replies, "Hello, President Biden."

At this point, Biden, still speaking to Judith, says, "I'm so glad you're home, or not home but glad you're out." Judith replies, "Thank you so very, very much."

Then, Biden addresses Natalie, saying "Hey Nat, how are you? God love ya." Natalie replies, "I just wanted to say thank you for your services for Israel."

Biden, here, says, "Look, that's been long-serving. I'm just delighted we're able to get you out. We've been working on it a long time. We're going to get them all out, God willing," to which Natalie and Judith reply, "Yes, God willing."

From here, the conversation quickly comes to an end. Biden says, "I hope you're both not only feeling good but in good health as well. Natalie and Judith respond, "Yes, sir. Yes, we are. Thank you very much, God bless you," and Biden ends the conversation with, "God bless you guys."

The backstory

CNN reports, "The Raanans are from Chicago and had been visiting relatives in Nahal Oz, a farming community in southern Israel, when they were taken hostage on October 7, according to their family."

Judith and Natalie are now the first two hostages to be freed by Hamas. Hamas has claimed that they freed these two individuals for "humanitarian reasons." But, it appears that the release occurred as the result of negotiations that had been taking place between Hamas and Qatar.

Hamas still has many more hostages. The number is believed to be around 200.

Most of these hostages are Israeli, but reports suggest that some may be American as well.

At the time of this writing, 10 Americans remain unaccounted for following Hamas' attack on Israel.

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