Israel buoyed by hostage rescue – but way ahead still fraught

by | Jun 10, 2024 | Top Stories

The dramatic rescue of four Israeli hostages in Gaza amid efforts to try to get Israel and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire has raised questions over the impact it could have on reaching a deal, as mediated talks show no sign of a breakthrough.As images of the freed and smiling three men and one woman dominated TV bulletins and news websites, tens of thousands of people joined protests across Israel on Saturday, urging the government to strike an agreement with Hamas for the release of those who are still being held. “All of them, now!” the crowd chanted in Tel Aviv.Hamas meanwhile has called the operation, which its health ministry said killed more than 270 Palestinians, a “massacre”.Being discussed is a three-stage plan announced by US President Joe Biden earlier this month, which he described as an Israeli proposal. It would secure the release of the hostages and, crucially, pave the way for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.Notably, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has not openly endorsed the plan. It is not surprising, as he is facing pressure from multiple fronts and seems to be caught between two options: ceasefire or coalition.The families of the hostages, whose ordeal has gripped the nation, and Israel’s international allies are calling for a deal. From the people captured in October, 116 remain in captivity; more than a third of them have already been officially declared dead, a number that is probably higher.Among those against the proposal, full details of which have not been made public, are two of Mr Netanyahu’s far-right ministers, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Be …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnThe dramatic rescue of four Israeli hostages in Gaza amid efforts to try to get Israel and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire has raised questions over the impact it could have on reaching a deal, as mediated talks show no sign of a breakthrough.As images of the freed and smiling three men and one woman dominated TV bulletins and news websites, tens of thousands of people joined protests across Israel on Saturday, urging the government to strike an agreement with Hamas for the release of those who are still being held. “All of them, now!” the crowd chanted in Tel Aviv.Hamas meanwhile has called the operation, which its health ministry said killed more than 270 Palestinians, a “massacre”.Being discussed is a three-stage plan announced by US President Joe Biden earlier this month, which he described as an Israeli proposal. It would secure the release of the hostages and, crucially, pave the way for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.Notably, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has not openly endorsed the plan. It is not surprising, as he is facing pressure from multiple fronts and seems to be caught between two options: ceasefire or coalition.The families of the hostages, whose ordeal has gripped the nation, and Israel’s international allies are calling for a deal. From the people captured in October, 116 remain in captivity; more than a third of them have already been officially declared dead, a number that is probably higher.Among those against the proposal, full details of which have not been made public, are two of Mr Netanyahu’s far-right ministers, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Be …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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