When Hamas attacked last Saturday, Roni Eshel, a 19-year-old IDF soldier, was stationed at a military base close to the Gaza border.
She didn’t answer the phone when her mother called that morning to see how she was doing, but she later texted to let her know she was busy but fine.
About three hours after the attack began, Eschel called her mother, Sharon, and said, “I love you so much.” Since then, her parents have not heard from her. Eshel’s family is anxious to find out what happened to their daughter more than a week later. Eyal Eshel, her father, calls the wait for news “hell.”
“I’m at a loss for what to do. Actually, I don’t sure what to think. She is missing. What does she consume? If she feels the cold? If it is warm? Eyal Eshel declared, “I don’t know anything.
The IDF has not made any hostage information publicly available. According to her father, the IDF has informed them that she is missing and that she may have been abducted.
“If not, where is she?” he asked. North of Tel Aviv, Eshel grew up in a little village. Two weeks after completing her schooling, she reported for military duty. She had three months left in her second year of conscription.
Her father said, “It’s a part of our life here in Israel.”
At a base close to Nahal Oz, Roni Eshel was part of the communications section. The Wednesday before the attack, she had returned to the base after a little vacation.
Eshel was pleased to be enlisted in the Israeli military as the third generation of her family.
She served alongside her father, uncle, and grandfather. Her father stated that she was delighted to serve the nation. When she has served her two years of service, according to her father, she intends to travel and enroll in a university.
However, he is unable to consider her future while she is missing. Eyal Eschel claims he is not waiting while he sleeps, eats, or works. “I don’t feel bad asking for assistance. Please assist us,” he pleaded.