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Major Democratic donor, Hunter Biden art buyer's 3-year-old American relative kidnapped by Hamas

Hirsh Naftali expressed cautious optimism amid reports of a potential hostage deal.

Published: November 24, 2023 12:56am

Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali, a major Democratic donor well connected to the Biden administration, has been bringing attention to the hostages after her 3-year-old great-niece, a U.S. citizen, was orphaned and taken captive by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7.

Hirsh Naftali is known for buying Hunter Biden's artwork, visiting the White House more than a dozen times and being appointed by President Joe Biden to a historical preservation commission.

Since her great-niece, Abigail Mor Idan, was kidnapped from the kibbutz of Kfar Aza, Hirsch Nafti has become a vocal advocate for the hostages. Abigail is reportedly one of the approximately 50 hostages slated to be released starting Friday, according to The Times of Israel.

Hirsh Naftali expressed cautious optimism during a CNN interview Tuesday before the hostage deal solidified.

"I’m not a politician, I’m not a diplomat. I will believe it when I see them walk out," she said. "Until then we just have to keep everything in check because it’s just too much of an emotional rollercoaster."

Hirsh Naftali also said that Abigail's birthday is Friday and she hopes she will be able to spend it with her older siblings. 

"For me, this is really emotional because I have no idea if this is real, but my heart believes it has to be," she said about a possible deal. "These people have been in the dark for 45 days. Abigail is a beautiful child who wants to run around and play soccer with her older brother and sister, and she hasn’t been able to run around in 45 days."

Abigail saw her mother killed and her father was fatally shot by a Hamas terrorist while he was holding his young daughter, causing him to fall on top of her, Naftali told NBC News last week.

"Abigail actually had crawled out from under her father's body, and full of his blood, went to a neighbor and they took her in," Naftali also said. "The last thing we learned was that somebody saw [a] terrorist taking this mother, her three kids and Abigail out of the kibbutz. That’s all we know."

Abigail's 9-year-old and 6-year-old siblings survived by hiding in the home, according to the Intelligencer. Relatives are currently taking care of them.

Abigail, the youngest American being held hostage in Gaza, is from Arizona, which Sen. Krysten Sinema, I-Ariz., acknowledged last week. 

"I’m horrified to learn that one of the hostages believed to be held in Gaza is 3-year-old Abigail Idan from my home state. Enough is enough. It’s past time for Abigail and ALL hostages taken by Hamas to be safely released to their families," Sinema wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Abigail is one of approximately 240 people who were taken hostage by Hamas on Oct. 7 in the terrorist attack that also killed about 1,200 people. 

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