A Grim Presentation
This meeting underscored the profound impact of the tragedy and the ongoing struggles in the region.
Video – Elon Musk in Kibbutz Kfar Aza
Stories of Bravery and Loss
In a deeply personal encounter, Netanyahu and Musk visited the Libenstein family. There, Musk learned about Ofir Libenstein, a council head who heroically lost his life defending against terrorists. This visit highlighted the individual stories of courage amidst the chaos of that fateful day.
Heartrending Tale of a Young Survivor
The visit concluded at the Itamari family home, where Musk was moved by the story of four-year-old Abigail Itamari. Abigail’s harrowing experience of being kidnapped to Gaza and her subsequent release from Hamas captivity brought to light the human cost of the conflict, as well as the resilience and strength of its youngest survivors.
GRAPHIC WARNING October 7th Raw Video Footage
How This All Started – October 7th Massacres
The Israel-Hamas War of 2023 began abruptly on October 7th, when Hamas orchestrated a comprehensive land, sea, and air assault on Israel from the Gaza Strip. This attack, coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, caught many by surprise, especially as many IDF soldiers were on leave.
The assault was unprecedented in its scale, launching over 2,200 rockets in 20 minutes, breaching the border with explosives and bulldozers, and even infiltrating via motorboats and paragliders.
This devastating attack resulted in over 1,200 deaths, multiple instances of sexual violence and rape, mutilations, kidnappings of babies, women and children and various other atrocities perpetrated on Israelis by the Palestinian attackers and mobs, marking it as the deadliest day for Israel since its independence.
In response, the IDF declared a state of alert and began mobilizing its reserves, calling up more than 350,000 over the following days. By October 8th, Israel had declared itself in a state of war, the first time since the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Air strikes were initiated in the Gaza Strip, and a total siege was imposed, cutting off essential supplies. The war saw the difficulty in targeting terrorists and their weapon caches due to Gaza’s intricate network of tunnels, complicating rescue efforts for the hostages taken by Hamas.
While the war primarily centered on the Gaza Strip, it wasn’t confined to it. IDF intensified its raids in the West Bank and conducted airstrikes for the first time since the second intifada. Skirmishes with Hezbollah near the Lebanese border raised fears of a second front.