A loyal friend leaves Australia to fight Hamas and find her missing partner in Israel
A woman living in Australia will return to Israel so she can fight and find her friend who disappeared after Hamas attacked the festival she was attending.
Gal, a 25-year-old Israeli reservist, was working as a barista on Magnetic Island in Queensland when she left the country on Thursday.
She has vowed to find her friend Tiferet Lapidot, 23, who has been missing since Saturday’s deadly Nova music festival, which was stormed by Hamas gunmen.
Israel declared war on Hamas immediately after the weekend attack and has since called on all reservists to return to duty.
Hamas militants killed more than 1,200 people and injured more than 2,700 on Saturday alone.
Gal (pictured), 25, has lived on Magnetic Island in Queensland and worked as a barista, but is now returning to her native Israel to fight in the war against Hamas
Her friend, Tiferet Lapidot, 23, (pictured) has been missing since Saturday and was last seen at the Nova music festival where Hamas carried out a massacre in which 260 innocent people died
Gal almost returned to her homeland at the beginning of the year, but now that is no longer an option for her.
“It’s not a choice.” That’s the most obvious thing for me. I grew up in Israel. I was born in Israel. It is my country. They are my people. “It’s the right thing to do,” she said 7News.
She described the island of Queensland as her “second home” but knows fighting Hamas and finding her friend is “200 percent” what she has to do.
Gal met Ms. Lapidot at a music festival in Australia and is now praying for her safety.
“She is the greatest light in this world and has left the greatest mark on my heart,” Gal said.
“People were murdered, girls were raped, girls were taken hostage, stripped naked and raped again.” People were beheaded. I hope she is safe and alive.’
The text message Gal received stated that her unit was being called into action, which she immediately realized meant she would be returning to Israel.
It is not yet known what happened to Ms. Lapidot after the music festival where 260 innocent people were mowed down by militias.
Music at the deadly rave, which survivors said initially had a “good vibe,” played all night until about 6:30 a.m., when a siren warned of missiles.
Aerial photos of the festival site showed a burnt piece of land that appeared to have been set on fire by Hamas terrorists.
Festival-goers fled when Hamas fighters invaded by land and air on October 7, when the war began
Those trying to flee the area rushed to their cars, but it quickly became clear that the only road leading to safety was blocked on both sides by terrorist blockades.
A festival bouncer said the terrorists who set up the blockades were disguised as police and soldiers.
“People met them hoping to be saved, and then they were executed,” they said.
Israel’s new unity government has since stationed 300,000 troops on the southern border with Gaza and promised to “smash” Hamas.