Netanyahu says Israel open to ‘short pauses’ in Gaza aid but not ceasefire: Live updates
Israel is still standing Opposition to the ceasefire in Gaza Until more than 240 hostages held by Hamas are released, but short pauses to allow humanitarian aid to flow are possible, says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu in an interview Monday on ABC NewsWorld news tonightHe said that the ceasefire would hinder efforts to free the hostages and delay the end of the war.
Netanyahu said: “There will be no ceasefire, a general ceasefire in Gaza, without the release of our hostages.” “In terms of small tactical stops, an hour here, an hour there. We’ve had them before, I think we’ll check the conditions in order to enable cargo and humanitarian goods to enter, or our hostages, individual hostages to leave.” “.
The Israeli army has been bombing Gaza since Hamas fighters invaded the border on October 7, carrying out a violent attack that killed 1,300 Israelis before they fled back to Gaza with the hostages. The government says the Israeli death toll has since risen to more than 1,400. The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza says more than 10,000 Palestinians have died.
∎ Netanyahu denies Hebrew media claims that he suggested that the pro-democracy movement’s calls for military reservists to refuse service may have encouraged Hamas to launch the attack. Netanyahu said: “Hamas started the war against us because it wants to kill us all, not because of any controversy within us.” On social media.
∎ US Ambassador to Israel Jack Lew met with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in Jerusalem. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that Cohen told Lu that “clear American solidarity and support moves many in Israel and strengthens us in the fight.”
∎ An Israeli fighter jet killed the commander of the Hamas Deir al-Balah Brigade, Wael Asifa, who was responsible for sending Hamas “Nokhba” terrorists into Israeli territory on October 7, the army said.
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American Jew Michael Freund, columnist for The Jerusalem Post and former deputy communications director for Benjamin Netanyahu. He has five children who serve in the Israeli army. The IDF, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office all told USA TODAY that they do not track the number of dual citizens and Americans serving in Israel. But Freund said the attacks ignited a collective sense of urgency to unite against an enemy bent on destroying Israel.
“It was a very difficult time,” Freund told USA TODAY. But I am very proud of them for doing their duty to protect Israel’s land, country and people.”
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