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"Naom Shalit" in the Hamas video

Ten days ago, the military wing of Hamas released a CGI animation on YouTube. Narrated in Hebrew, it depicts an aged man named Naom Shalit walking through a desolate Israeli urban landscape. He is clutching a portrait of his son Gilad, who was kidnapped by Hamas while doing national service nearly four years ago and is still being held hostage.

The cartoon’s message—that Shalit could have been freed in exchange for Hamas prisoners held by Israel—is typical…

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