srael and Hamas have reached an agreement for a ceasefire after 45 days of warfare that began with a surprise attack by Hamas. After a marathon six-hour cabinet meeting, Israel agreed to a temporary ceasefire with Hamas that will result in Hamas releasing 30 kidnapped children, eight mothers, and 12 single women, for a total of 50 hostages.
In return, Israel will release a greater number of convicted Palestinians — though none who have been convicted of murder. Israel will resume the fight as soon as the hostages are delivered and the four-day period is over, as it works to destroy Hamas.
In addition to the official word, other media are reporting there is more to the deal. Israel will release 150 Palestinian women and children now in custody. There is no word if they will return to North Gaza or be released into the refugee stream into South Gaza.
300 trucks of humanitarian supplies will be allowed into Gaza. I’m assuming this refers to North Gaza, where Hamas terrorists are surrounded as humanitarian supplies have been flowing into South Gaza from Egypt.
The ceasefire will last four days, meaning it will expire early Sunday morning Israeli time. According to the agreement, if the ceasefire is extended by one day, Hamas will release ten more hostages.
The statement released by Netanyahu’s office calls the period ” a lull in the fighting,” and not a ceasefire:
The Prime Minister’s Office issues a formal statement confirming the cabinet’s decision early this morning to approve the first hostage deal of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
“The Israeli government is committed to bringing all the abductees home. Tonight, the government approved the outline for the first stage of achieving this goal, under which at least 50 abductees – women and children – will be released over a span of four days, during which there will be a lull in the fighting. The release of every ten additional abductees will result in an additional day of respite,”
“The Israeli government, the IDF and the security forces will continue the war to return all the abductees, complete the elimination of Hamas and ensure that Gaza does not renew any threat to the State of Israel.”
The Times of Israel reported:
Hamas has said it has 210 of the about 240 hostages taken from Israel during the October 7 atrocities. Islamic Jihad is said to be holding the remaining hostages.
According to the developing deal, Hamas will release at least 50 Israeli hostages, mainly women and children, in exchange for a ceasefire of four days, the release of between 150 and 300 Palestinian prisoners, and the entry of fuel and other goods into Gaza.
Some 12-13 hostages will be released per day as the ceasefire takes effect, the source says, adding that Israel will release women and minor prisoners, with each returning to the city or town where they lived prior to imprisonment, including the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In a briefing to reporters Tuesday, Israeli negotiation adviser Moty Cristal said that Hamas’ leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, had likely already decided to die as a martyr when he launched the October 7 attack. That did not mean, however, that he would not use negotiations to achieve other goals in the interim.
Cristal emphasized that the main motivation for Israel in the war was freeing the hostages, even if the stated, equal policy goal was ending Hamas as a military threat in the Gaza Strip. ✪