ince the beginning of the ground maneuver in the Gaza Strip, the IDF forces have located more than 800 underground tunnel shafts belonging to Hamas, of which approximately 500 have been destroyed through a variety of operational methods, including explosions and blockades. Some of the shafts located connected strategic assets of Hamas through the underground medium. The IDF also destroyed many kilometers of underground tunnel route, but with caution, to avoid areas where hostages may be held.
The Prime Minister’s Office announced that hostage negotiations have completely broken up, and the Mossad team was returned to Israel. Hamas did not fulfill the agreement to release all the women and children according to the list agreed upon. The head of the Mossad thanked the head of the CIA, the Egyptian Minister of Intelligence, and the Prime Minister of Qatar for their partnership in the mediation efforts that led to the release of 84 children and women from the Gaza Strip, in addition to 24 foreign citizens.
The IDF spent the first two days back at war destroying new booby-traps and explosives, as well as new rocket launchers set up by Hamas during the ceasefire.
A terror attack at the entrance of Jerusalem was carried out by two Hamas members from East Jerusalem. Four Israelis were killed: Rabbi Elimelech Wasserman, 73, Chana Ifergan, 60s, Livia Dickman, 24 and pregnant, and Yuval Doron Castleman, 38.
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the attack, and added “This is the same Hamas that carried out the terrible massacre on October 7, the same Hamas that tries to murder us everywhere. We swore, and I swore, to eliminate Hamas. Nothing will stop us.”
My personal opinion is that it’s time to call the ‘hostages’ what they really are: prisoners of war. As such, they need to all be returned within a given time period (very short) or Hamas should face being bombed out of Gaza. Innocents die in wars on both sides, but it’s time for the US and western nations to shut up and allow Israel to do what needs to be done – for all of us.