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Biden ‘devastated’ by reported death of US hostage

"We will not stop working to bring them home," the U.S. president said of the hostages being held captive in the Gaza Strip.

Judi Weinstein Haggai and her husband, Gad. Photo: Courtesy.
Judi Weinstein Haggai and her husband, Gad. Photo: Courtesy.

U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he and his wife, Jill Biden, are “devastated to learn that American Judith Weinstein is also believed to have been killed by Hamas on Oct. 7.”

The “tragic development cuts deep, coming on the heels of last week’s news that Judith’s beloved husband, Gad Haggai, is believed to have been killed by Hamas,” the president stated. “We are holding Judith and Gad’s four children, seven grandchildren and other loved ones close to our hearts.”

Hamas is holding the bodies of Judi Weinstein Haggai, 70, an American-Israeli teacher, and her husband, whom Hamas terrorists shot on the morning of Oct. 7 when they were out for a walk at their kibbutz.

“I will never forget what their daughter, and the family members of other Americans held hostage in Gaza, have shared with me. They have been living through hell for weeks,” Biden said. “No family should have to endure such an ordeal.”

“I reaffirm the pledge we have made to all the families of those still held hostage: We will not stop working to bring them home.”

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