The war in Israel has been going on for over a month, and according to the Americans, the army of the Jewish state has agreed to allow at least a partial ceasefire in northern Gaza for four hours from Thursday, so that Palestinian civilians have a chance to get to the south, as the Israeli army has been urging civilians to do all month. . However, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has made it clear that there will be no more permanent ceasefire until Hamas terrorists release all hostages.
“We will not stop fighting as long as our hostages are in Gaza and until we complete our mission, which is to topple the Hamas regime and eliminate its military and government structures,” Gallant said. In the words of the Israeli Defense Minister reported the Reuters agency.
According to server of the Jerusalem Post Galant also spoke about child hostages. “I look at the child hostages as if they were my own children.” Twelve-year-old Yigal Yaakov may be one such hostage. According to the Jerusalem Post, this particular boy could be released in the foreseeable future.
“We will get to those who were involved in the attack, we will not let up, we will eliminate them all, they have no place under the sun,” added Gallant.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Israel’s goal of eliminating Hamas “will not happen” because the organization is united by an idea rather than a militant structure.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad said it was ready to release the two hostages on humanitarian grounds, after releasing a video of two Israelis holding a boy and an elderly woman in Gaza praising their captors and criticizing Prime Minister Netanyahu, according to Haaretz.
Israel has not officially said how exactly it will deal with the pauses in the fighting, and in the evening, according to the agency, there did not appear to be any special lull in arms. “We are taking localized and precise measures to allow Palestinian civilians to leave Gaza City to the south, so as not to harm them. These things do not interfere with war fighting in any way,” Gallant said.
There are two corridors in the Gaza Strip through which both the release of hostages and Palestinian civilians can travel to greater safety from Israeli bombs and soldiers who entered Gaza after October 7, when Hamas terrorists invaded Israeli territory and massacred 1,300 children there. women and men. And they kidnapped dozens more. The Reuters agency recalled that it was the bloodiest day in Israel’s modern history.
According to server of Haaretz newspaper it was agreed that each four-hour truce would be announced three hours in advance. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO allies support these humanitarian pauses to get much-needed aid to civilians in Gaza.
Taher Al-Nono, a political adviser to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, said Thursday that unspecified talks were continuing and that no agreement had yet been reached with Israel. It is also reported from Palestine that 10,800 people have already died as a result of Israeli attacks, of which about 40 percent are children.
US President Joe Biden said he had hoped for a longer break than 4 hours. They say he negotiated a truce for 3 days. But he failed.
One US official said on condition of anonymity that the heads of the CIA and Israel’s Mossad intelligence service met with the Qatari prime minister on Thursday in Doha to discuss the parameters of a deal to release the hostages and a possible temporary cessation of fighting. Thousands of people remain holed up in Al Shifa and al-Quds hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Reuters, watching the fighting rage around them. However, the Israeli side claims that militants from the Hamas movement are also hiding under the hospital and that they even use hospital ambulances to transport weapons and terrorists.
“Without a ceasefire, the lifting of the siege of Gaza City and the reckless bombing and warfare, human blood will continue to flow,” Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General Jan Egeland said before the White House announcement.
The Israelis, and the Americans agree with them, say that a possible ceasefire would help Hamas too much.
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author: Miloš Polák
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