Support Among Israelis for Resumption of Gaza Campaign

[ad_1] TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israelis interviewed on Tel Aviv’s streets backed their army’s resumption of fighting in the Gaza Strip on Friday, acknowledging the dangers but blaming Hamas for the collapse of a week-long truce. The pause in a 7-week-old war had allowed for the exchange of hostages held since an Oct. 7 Hamas … Read more

U.S. to Impose Visa Bans Soon on Israeli Extremist Settlers for West Bank Violence

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) -The Biden administration has informed Israel that Washington will impose visa bans in the next few weeks on Israeli extremist settlers engaged in violence against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, a senior State Department official said. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin … Read more

Israel Army Publishes Map It Says Advises Gazans of Safe Evacuation Areas

[ad_1] JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli army said on Friday that with the resumption of fighting it had published a map to advise Gazans of safe areas for their evacuation. Its statement linked to an Israeli army website in Arabic showing an Evacuation Zone Map. It said an Arabic-language video had been released on social … Read more

Gaza Negotiators Try to Get Israel, Hamas to Agree to Extend Truce Again

[ad_1] By Nidal al-Mughrabi, Mohammad Salem and Humeyra Pamuk GAZA/TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Negotiators worked feverishly on Friday to renew the pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza as a senior Israeli official reiterated plans to resume the war unless the Palestinian militant group agreed to release more hostages. After two last-minute extensions, … Read more

How Qatar Swayed Israel and Hamas to Make a Truce Work

[ad_1] DOHA (Reuters) – As world leaders feted Qatar for brokering a truce between Israel and Hamas last week, its negotiators doubled down on their mediation efforts, fearful the ceasefire was about to collapse before it started. The truce and the agreement for accompanying prisoner and hostage exchanges were loosely worded. The tiny Gulf state’s … Read more

Talks Intensify to Extend Israel-Hamas Truce After More Hostages, Prisoners Freed

[ad_1] By Nidal al-Mughrabi, Mohammad Salem and Emily Rose GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – International pressure grew on Israel and Hamas to extend a truce on Thursday after another exchange of hostages for Palestinian prisoners and humanitarian aid was delivered to the besieged Gaza Strip. On Wednesday, 16 more hostages were released by Hamas on the final … Read more

Biden Says Israeli-American Hostage Has Been Released

[ad_1] PUEBLO, Colorado (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday Israeli-American hostage Liat Beinin had been released by Hamas after being abducted during the militant group’s attack on Israel on Oct. 7. Biden said Beinin had crossed the Gaza border and was safe in Egypt. Beinin was among 16 hostages released on Wednesday … Read more

Israeli Ex-Hostage Says She Confronted Hamas Chief Yahya Sinwar in Gaza Tunnel

[ad_1] (Reuters) – An 85-year-old Israeli woman abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7 and set free two weeks later said she met its Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar while in captivity and asked him how he was not ashamed for having acted violently against peace activists like herself. Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, was taken from her Kibbutz … Read more

Freed Israeli Hostages Tell Families of Beatings and Death Threats

[ad_1] JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli women and children on their return from Hamas captivity in Gaza speak of being beaten and threatened with death, moved from place to place and forced to whisper during weeks spent with little to do, their families say. Most hostages released during a six-day-old truce have been rushed to hospitals … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan Welcomes Gaza Pause as Temporary ‘Stop of Bloodshed’

[ad_1] ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday welcomed a pause in the Gaza war and the exchange of hostages and prisoners between Israel and militant group Hamas as a temporary “stop of bloodshed” in the enclave. Turkey, which supports a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, has strongly criticised Israel for its … Read more