Day 47: Israel approves deal for 50 hostages to be released

Hostages

Important Takeaways:

  • Israel Approves Deal To Get 50 Hostages Back From Hamas: ‘We Will Continue The War Until We Achieve The Goals’
  • Israeli officials voted on Wednesday morning local time to approve deal in which dozens of hostages kidnapped by Hamas will be let go in exchange for Israel releasing some Palestinian women and minors convicted of crimes from prisons inside Israel.
  • Hamas will release 12-13 hostages a day for four days in exchange for a ceasefire during that period of time, The Times of Israel reported. Israel will release about three times that number to return to their homes in Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem.
  • Israel also reportedly agreed to allow fuel to go into Gaza, as well as a “significant amount of humanitarian aid,” the report said. Israel’s military and security agencies all reportedly supported the deal. It’s not clear when the ceasefire will go into effect.
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly demanded that some of the conditions include the possibility for further hostages to be released after the four day pause, a commitment by Hamas to locate and find hostages held by other terror groups inside Gaza, and a refusal to release Palestinians from Israeli prisons who have been convicted of murder, the report noted, adding that Israel believes Hamas can help locate 30 additional women and children who were taken hostage by other terrorist groups.

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Jesus is revealing himself to the Muslim world through dreams

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Important Takeaways:

  • ‘Miracle’: Muslim Men in Gaza Seek Christ After Over 200 Dream of Jesus on Same Night
  • More than 200 Muslim men in Gaza have converted to Christianity after reportedly seeing Jesus in their dreams, said Christian professor Michael Licona.
  • Licona teaches New Testament studies at Houston Christian University…
  • In a recent Facebook post, Licona said he received a report from “underground Christian ministries” in the Middle East that detailed the miraculous conversions.
  • “God is working in the midst of war!” his post began.
  • “Over the past two days, we have ministered to hundreds of fathers who have lost most, if not all, of their children in the war. As we moved these men to safety, we fed them, washed their clothes, and began to read the Bible to them — sharing the way of peace through Jesus.
  • “Then, a big miracle happened. Last night, Jesus appeared to more than 200 of them in their dreams! They have come back to us to learn more from God’s Word and are asking how to follow Jesus,” the report said
  • About a month before the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack, Assemblies of God News reported that Muslims around the world were dreaming of Jesus and converting to Christianity at an unprecedented rate.
  • “I would even say it’s the normal experience,” said Dick Brogden, a missionary for the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal Christian organization. “It would be accurate to say that Muslims are responding to Jesus in levels we have never seen, not in 1,400 years!”
  • “So many Muslims reject Islam, but know that to follow Jesus will cost them everything. Dreams of Jesus encourage them along the way and give them the comfort that Jesus will be with them — though it cost them everything to follow Him.”

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Erdogan accuses Israel of intent of total destruction of Gaza: Netanyahu hits back saying “He himself shelled Turkish villages”

Syrian-Kurdish demonstrators

Important Takeaways:

  • Erdogan blasts Israel as a ‘terrorist state’ intent on ‘total destruction’ of Gaza
  • Erdogan told the Turkish parliament that “the Israeli government has been continuously committing war crimes for the last 40 days, they are bombing hospitals, streets and mosques, and are aiming for all these places intentionally, implementing a strategy of total destruction of a city and its people.”
  • “They [Israel] have been speaking about murdering all those people using nuclear weapons, so let me call on Benjamin Netanyahu — do you have nuclear weapons or not? Explain this, if you have the courage.”
  • “You are threatening people with atomic bombs, nuclear bombs. It does not matter what you have, you are a goner,” he said.
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Erdogan hours later.
  • “He calls Israel a terror state, but in his actions he supports the terror state of Hamas,” said Netanyahu, in comments released by his office. “He himself shelled Turkish villages within the borders of Turkey — we will not accept his preaching.” Netanyahu was likely referring to Turkish military action against Kurdish areas of the country in recent years.
  • In 2019, Amnesty International found Turkey to have displayed “a shameful disregard for civilian life, carrying out serious violations and war crimes, including summary killings and unlawful attacks that have killed and injured civilians.”
  • Hamas has been allowed to flourish inside Turkey for over a decade and has run operations from an office in Istanbul, although Turkey insisted it only hosted the group’s political wing.

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US fails to block U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Gaza ceasefire

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Important Takeaways:

  • Forty days after the savage Hamas atrocities of October 7, the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday passed a resolution demanding a ceasefire and calling for “the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages held by Hamas and other groups, especially children.” The resolution did not condemn the Hamas atrocities that started the war
  • The resolution passed the 15-member UNSC by a vote of 12-0 on Wednesday. The United States, United Kingdom, and Russia abstained from the vote.
  • S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the United States abstained because it could not vote for a resolution that failed to condemn the Hamas atrocities or restate the right of U.N. member states to protect their citizens against terrorist attacks. She expressed approval of the call for Hamas to release its hostages, however.
  • “What are they afraid of?” she asked of UNSC members who refused to condemn the October 7 attacks. “Let’s be crystal clear: Hamas set this conflict in motion.”
  • UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward supported the call for a humanitarian pause, but also regretted that UNSC still could not bring itself to condemn the Hamas atrocities.
  • Tuoro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust director Anne Bayefsky immediately criticized the Biden administration for failing to block a resolution
  • “The Council resolution said the hostages were ‘held by Hamas and other groups’ – not that they were raped, mutilated and kidnapped by Hamas. It never mentioned Israel’s U.N. Charter right of self-defense. It refers only to civilians ‘in Gaza’ and never in Israel. It never mentions ongoing rocket attacks against Israelis. And yet the Biden administration refused to veto it,” Bayefsky told Fox News.

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Israel takes control of Gaza: IDF finds Terrorist Control Center under hospital

Tank-in-Gaza

Important Takeaways:

  • Israel Seizes Control of Hamas Parliament; Israeli Defense Minister: ‘Hamas Has Lost Control of Gaza’
  • Day 39
  • Over 1,400 Israelis (363 soldiers) have been killed, and over 7,000 have been injured
  • 240 Hostages
  • IDF has struck over 15,000 Hamas targets
  • Over 9,500 Rockets have been fired by Hamas toward Southern and Central Israel from Gaza (over 500 failed launches have fallen inside Gaza), with Lebanon and Syria also firing from the north.
  • IDF robot found additional terror tunnels, including electricity being siphoned off from the [Rantisi Hospital] for use by the terrorists underground.
  • [Also] contained suicide vests, rocket-propelled grenades, and a variety of weapons but also signs, such as baby bottles, that Hamas had held Israeli hostages there.

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Hamas commander killed in Hospital holding 1,000 Gazans ‘Hostage’

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Important Takeaways:

  • Israel kills Hamas commander who held 1,000 Gazans ‘hostage’ in hospital
  • Israeli forces on Saturday night claimed to have killed a Hamas commander who held 1,000 Gazans “hostage” in a hospital as human shields.
  • The Israel Defense Forces said that Ahmed Siam, a leader in Hamas’s al-Furqan Brigade, had blocked civilians from evacuating the Al-Rantisi Hospital in Gaza City earlier this week.
  • The IDF said that Siam and several other terrorists were killed while hiding out at a school building in Gaza, following a joint operation with Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency.

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Israel warns Beirut could be next

Israel-Defense-Minister

Important Takeaways:

  • Israel Warns Hezbollah That Beirut Could Face Similar Fate to Gaza
  • Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Saturday warned Iran-backed Hezbollah that launching a war would result in widespread destruction in Lebanon similar to that in Gaza, where Israel battled Hamas militants.
  • “If it (Hezbollah) makes this kind of mistake here, the ones who will pay the price will be first and foremost Lebanese citizens,” Gallant told soldiers on Israel’s northern border in remarks relayed by his office.
  • “What we’re doing in Gaza, we can also do in Beirut.”

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CNN, the AP, Reuters and The New York Times use freelance photojournalist with Links to Hamas

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Important Takeaways:

  • CNN ‘fires’ freelance Gaza photojournalist Hassan Eslaiah after claims he and five others were embedded with Hamas terrorists when they invaded Israel on Oct 7 and had prior knowledge of the attack
  • CNN has ‘suspended all ties’ with a freelance photojournalist who appears to have been embedded with Hamas on October 7 at the time of the terror group’s barbaric assault on Israel.
  • Hassan Eslaiah has been filing photographs of the conflict to CNN and The Associated Press since the Hamas attack on October 7. They include images of a burning Israeli tank from which soldiers were kidnapped.
  • Now, photos have emerged of him posing with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. He also posted a now-deleted video to Twitter in which he described how Hamas fighters kidnapped Israeli soldiers from the burning tank.
  • Yousef Masoud, Ali Mahmud and Hatem Ali have also been providing western media outlets with photos of the conflict since October 7. They have worked with CNN, The AP, Reuters and The New York Times, according to an expose by Honest Reporting.
  • There are grave concerns over what each of the photojournalists knew and when.
  • Israel’s government has demanded an explanation from the media outlets, all of which have denied having prior knowledge of the attack.
  • In response to the criticism, a CNN spokesperson told DailyMail.com: ‘We had no prior knowledge of the October 7th attacks.
  • The Associated Press, in its statement, denied having any prior knowledge of the attack and insisted the first photos it received were taken after it began.
  • In 2021, it was widely reported that the Associated Press used the same office space as Hamas in Gaza.

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Network of Tunnels uncovered in Gaza: As Speaker of the House Mike Johnson met with families of hostages one came with a warning to America

Gaza Tunnels

Important Takeaways:

  • IDF Troops in ‘Heart’ of Gaza City Uncovering Hamas’ Massive Terror Infrastructure
  • The leader of Israel’s Southern Command said for the first time in decades, the IDF is fighting in the heart of Gaza City. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says Gaza is the biggest terrorist base ever built by man.
  • “This entire city is one big terror base. There are kilometers of tunnels underground. They connect to hospitals, to schools. They are connected to each other. They have communication rooms, ammunition depots, places to sleep in order to serve as a base of terrorism from which the citizens of the State of Israel and IDF soldiers can be harmed,” said Gallant.
  • IDF forces have located and destroyed a number of tunnels. They uncovered one tunnel next to an amusement park and another tunnel with a weapons depot near a civilian university. The IDF says it proves Hamas uses its civilian population as human shields.
  • On Capitol Hill, the House passed a $14 billion bipartisan aid package last week, but the Senate has blocked the legislation. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson met with some of the 240 hostage families who defended Israel’s military actions.
  • One family member came with a warning to the West.
  • “This is a call for action. And this is a wakeup call, not only for Israel, not only for the Jewish community, but a wakeup call for all of you, all of America, all of Europe,” said Yonatan Lulu-Shamiriz, whose brother was taken by Hamas. “You are next. You are next, and we should do everything we can to stop these atrocities.”

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As Israel pushes deeper into Gaza tunnels, tensions rise with Hezbollah in the North

Israeli-strike-Lebanese-Border

Important Takeaways:

  • Hezbollah threatens that Israel ‘will pay the price,’ says Israeli strike in Lebanon killed 3 kids
  • Second front of war looks more likely as tensions mount between Israel and dangerous militant group.
  • Israeli officials said that their troops targeted a vehicle believed to be transporting terrorists. Those officials said that Israel is examining reports that civilians were killed in the operation, according to media reports.
  • But Hezbollah, whose leader last week warned Israel of significant escalation, said the alleged civilian deaths will not go unpunished.
  • “The enemy will pay the price for its crimes against civilians,” Hezbollah lawmaker Hassan Fadlallah told Reuters on Monday.
  • Hezbollah responded to the incident by firing rockets into Israel, the latest in a string of clashes between the two sides as fears mount that Israel could soon find itself in a two-front war. Israel says it has suffered its own civilian casualties, including at least one death Sunday after an anti-tank missile was fired Lebanon at the northern Israeli community of Kibbutz Yiftah, Israeli media reported.
  • The rising tensions with Hezbollah come as Israeli troops push deeper into the Gaza Strip in an effort to crush the militant group Hamas.

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