A man who survived last month’s surprise assault in southern Israel has shared his harrowing experience, revealing the militants’ disregard for their own survival and their determination to kill as many civilians as possible. In an exclusive interview with RT, Ofek Livni recounted the terrifying moments during the attack, emphasizing the militants’ intention to commit mass murder.
Livni described the attackers as 30 gunmen running towards innocent concert-goers, with the sole purpose of taking lives. He painted a vivid picture, urging people to imagine being faced with such a life-threatening situation. Livni’s mission, he said, was not only to survive at that moment but also to seek justice for the attackers in the future.
The surprise attack was launched by Hamas militants from Gaza on October 7, targeting Israeli outposts, villages, and towns. The incursion resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,400 Israelis, with the Supernova music festival, located just three miles from Gaza, being one of the first places to be struck. Tragically, at least 260 people were massacred at the festival, and many were taken hostage by the militants.
Livni emphasized that the attack on the festival was not only an act of violence but also a manifestation of Hamas’ true agenda. According to him, Hamas openly declares its goal of erasing Israel and eliminating the Jewish population, leaving no room for peaceful coexistence.
Recounting the attack, Livni revealed that it began with rockets being fired at the festival. He and his friends sought shelter in the cover of trees but soon heard gunfire around them. They desperately moved from one hiding place to another as the gunmen closed in, witnessing a horrifying scene of people and animals being shot.
Describing the harrowing escape, Livni explained that it took them 90 minutes to find a safe route amidst the chaos on the roads congested with abandoned cars left by fleeing concert-goers. They eventually reached his car and picked up several strangers who were also fleeing from the terrorists. Livni drove them all to safety, with the gunmen continuing to fire at their car as they escaped.
When asked about the international criticism faced by Israel for its retaliatory attacks on Hamas, Livni acknowledged that it has intensified hatred towards his country. However, he argued that negotiating with Hamas is not a viable option. Livni emphasized that Hamas is far worse than ISIS, as their willingness to die while inflicting harm makes negotiation impossible.
Livni also highlighted that the conflict has brought unity among Israelis due to the renewed threat to the survival of the Jewish people. He expressed that the Israeli state was established to prevent such attempts to erase the Jewish people from existence, referring to the Holocaust as a stark reminder of the importance of their existence.
Livni’s account sheds light on the terrifying nature of the attack and the militants’ indiscriminate violence. It serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing conflict in the region and the challenges faced by those living under constant threat.