Netanyahu Vows to Continue War Against Hamas Despite Cease-FireNovember 22, 2023
Israel and Gaza near a temporary truce for hostages
Israel and Hamas are close to a ceasefire for a temporary halt in their devastating six-week war. This comes as efforts to free dozens of hostages held in Gaza would be released by Hamas. In exchange, Palestinians incarcerated in Israeli prisons would also be released. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel would resume its offensive after the proposed truce. He mentioned that the war against Hamas would continue until Israel achieves all its objectives. The Israeli Cabinet was set to vote to halt Israel’s offensive in exchange for 50 of the 240 hostages held by Hamas. The airstrikes have resulted in the death of thousands of Palestinians, with many missing and believed to be buried under rubble. Netanyahu expressed that he had enough support to pass the decision to halt offensive actions, even though some of his hardline ministers are against it. Hamas predicted a deal to be reached within hours. Talks of a cease-fire agreement has been ongoing for weeks and once reached, the war would not immediately end. It is said to have erupted when Hamas terrorists stormed into southern Israel, killing about 1,200 individuals and capturing 240 others. However, hospitals are still reporting many more deaths and injuries from daily airstrikes. Negotiations are ongoing to release some hostages and facilitate a temporary cease-fire and provide more aid. In recent days, the front line of the war has shifted to the Jabaliya refugee camp. The continuous fighting has affected nearby hospitals, leading to a catastrophic situation as hospitals in Gaza have become overwhelmed by the number of wounded and displaced people. Israel and the United States remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached soon, leading to some captives being released.