Prime Minister Of Ireland Blasted Over ‘Vile’ Remark About 9-Year-Old Israeli Hostage
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 18: Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar is talking to media during a European Union and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit in the Europa, the EU Council headquarter on July 18, 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. During the summit, leaders will address a wide range of topics with a view to further strengthening the EU-CELAC partnership, including: enhanced cooperation in multilateral fora, global peace and stability, trade and investment, economic recovery, efforts to combat climate change, research and innovation, justice and security for citizens.
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The Prime Minister of Ireland was met with intense backlash on Saturday after he said on social media that one of the Israelis who was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists last month was “lost” and had been “found and returned.”

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar made the remarks about 9-year-old Emily Hand, who was released by terrorists on Saturday after Israel brokered a deal to ensure her safe return to her family.

Emily, who was 8 years old when she was kidnapped on October 7, was thought to have been killed during the unprecedented terrorist attack in which Hamas murdered 1,200 Israelis. She was kidnapped during a sleepover at a friend’s house at Kibbutz Be’eri.

“This is a day of enormous joy and relief for Emily Hand and her family,” Varadkar wrote on X. “An innocent child who was lost has now been found and returned, and we breathe a massive sigh of relief. Our prayers have been answered.”

Israeli Government Spokesman Eylon Levy responded to the post: “This is how you describe a little girl who went missing during a stroll in a forest, then gets discovered by a friendly hiker. Not a girl brutally abducted by death squads that brutally massacred her neighbors. But this explains the extent of Ireland’s contribution: prayers.”

“Lost? This wasn’t your phone that was ‘lost & found’! This was a human being. A 9-year-old who was kidnapped and taken hostage into Gaza,” said International Human Rights attorney Arsen Ostrovsky. “Emily is an Irish-Israeli national. What an extraordinary tone deaf and heartless statement from the Ireland’s PM @LeoVaradkar!”

Former Trump administration official Ezra Cohen responded: “Are you ill? Since when is brutally kidnapped by a terrorist group described as ‘lost’? Why are you afraid to tell the truth about what happened to Emily and so many other children?”

Middle East security analyst Seth Frantzman wrote: “She was kidnapped illegally by Hamas in a crime against humanity and they say ‘lost’. Disgusting. Vile. It shows how they dehumanize people. Never forget. Never forgive.”


“This moral monster is the Prime Minister of Ireland,” wrote columnist John Podhoretz.

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