President Joe Biden expressed optimism on Thursday regarding the potential release of 3-year-old Abigail Mor Edan, one of the hostages held by Hamas. He indicated his hopeful anticipation by crossing his fingers but refrained from providing further details until the situation is resolved.
“I’m not prepared to give you an update until it’s done,” Biden stated, visibly crossing his fingers in hope. When questioned specifically about the young American girl’s release, he reiterated his gesture, signaling his hopeful stance on the matter.
Biden, who is currently in Massachusetts celebrating Thanksgiving with his family in Nantucket, mentioned that he might be able to discuss the hostage situation more openly on Friday.
The White House earlier conveyed optimism about the commencement of the hostages’ release by Hamas in Gaza, expected to start Friday morning. This follows the resolution of some final logistical aspects of the agreement.
“The deal was agreed and remains agreed. The parties are working out final logistical details particularly for the first day of implementation. It is our view that nothing should be left to chance as the hostages begin coming home. Our primary objective is to ensure that they are brought home safely. That is on track and we are hopeful that implementation will begin on Friday morning,” said National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson in a statement, following a delay in the release.
To facilitate the successful execution of this deal, Biden has been actively engaging with the leaders of Israel, Egypt, and Qatar, ensuring consistent communication to see the agreement through to completion.