Rachel Goldberg, whose son is one of the unreleased Israeli hostages, thinks Elon Musk‘s visit to her country was a sincere effort to better understand what she and so many other families are going through.
Rachel Goldberg joined us Wednesday on “TMZ Live” to discuss the ongoing release of women and children held by Hamas for more than 7 weeks. Dozens have been returned to Israel in recent days, during a temporary ceasefire that’s currently set to end this week.
Her own son, Hersch Goldberg-Polin, has yet to see freedom — and yet, Rachel has continued to be a front-facing unofficial spokesperson on behalf of all the hostage families … a painstaking reality she says she struggles with daily.
Rachel says that while Hamas still has her own flesh and blood captive, she recognizes the value of serving as a voice for everyone else — and thinks it’s her duty to continue doing so.
As for Elon — who’s been criticized for using Israel in a cold PR move after he was accused of antisemitism — Rachel tells us she actually believes his heart’s in the right place, and, to her, he came across as earnestly interested in learning/sympathizing.
Rachel was among a few family members of hostages who showed them footage from Oct. 7 … including the horrifying moment Hersch was snatched up by Hamas after his left arm was blown apart during the attack.
She also talked about the ongoing protests in the U.S. and beyond … namely, pro-Palestine ones, where people have decried Israel’s response in Gaza, and its treatment of innocent Palestinians caught in the middle of the war.
Rachel’s response might surprise some … she says she actually feels for the innocent Palestinians — and even says Palestine does, in fact, have a right to operate as its own state with dignity and freedom.
Her rationale boils down to the ol’ two-things-can-be-true-at-once POV, and she says if she can say that about Gaza/Palestine … it should also be easy for folks to condemn Hamas’ violence.