American mother, daughter taken hostage in Israel released as first photo of them freed emerges — and Biden pledges support

October 23, 2023

An American mother and daughter who were taken hostage when Hamas stormed the kibbutz they were visiting earlier this month have been released, officials said Friday. GOVERNEMENT OF ISRAEL11 Judith Raanan and her 18-year-old daughter, Natalie, are among those who were taken hostage by Hamas. 11 A woman in Tel Aviv looks at posters showing the pictures of Israeli hostages held by Palestinian terrorists. “The families’ headquarters welcomes the release of hostages from Hamas captivity,” the Hostages and Missing Families Forum — which represents the relatives of the Hamas hostages — said in a statement sent to CNN. “It’s a miracle.”Ben Raanan told NewsNation that he thinks he’s “just going to hug them and just not let them go.