Today marks one month since the initial terror attack that sparked the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. As the war between Israel and Hamas enters its fifth week, the United States is actively engaged in diplomatic efforts with Arab leaders to achieve a peaceful resolution. In an exclusive interview with ABC news, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed openness to temporary ceasefires in the fighting, but only if Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages in its custody. A memorial vigil is taking place across Israel to commemorate the victims of the terror attack that occurred exactly one month ago.
On October 7th, Hamas militants infiltrated Israel’s Southern border with Gaza, resulting in the deaths of over 1,400 people, according to Israeli authorities. Military officials also report that Hamas has captured over 200 individuals as hostages. Throughout the country, Israeli citizens pause to remember the victims and mourn the tragic loss.
The atmosphere is filled with deep sorrow, as smoke rises over Gaza from continued air strikes. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have released footage claiming to depict the destruction of tunnels built by Hamas in Northern Gaza as part of their preparations for a ground assault in Gaza City. The conflict has resulted in a staggering number of casualties, with over 10,000 Palestinians killed and more than 25,000 injured, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry. The Israeli government faces criticism from the Arab world for its ongoing bombardments, particularly targeting civilian populations, including innocent children.
In an exclusive interview with ABC’s David Mir, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu firmly stated that a humanitarian pause in the fighting would only be considered if Hamas releases the hostages. When questioned about the future of Gaza after the war, Netanyahu acknowledged that President Biden has expressed concerns about Israel occupying Gaza. However, he emphasized that Israel will remain responsible for overall security due to the negative consequences witnessed when security measures are relaxed. Rafa border officials have released a new list of 600 foreign passport holders who are permitted to leave Gaza through Egypt.
Unfortunately, no new American names appear on the list..