The Israeli military announced that “the operational pause [in the Israel-Gaza war] will continue in light of the mediators’ efforts to continue the process of releasing the hostages and subject to the terms of the framework”. Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated that Israel’s objectives, which he described as “eliminating Hamas, returning all of our hostages and ensuring that Gaza will never again go back to being a threat to the State of Israel… still stand”. “In recent days I have heard a question: After completing this stage of the return of our hostages, will Israel go back to the fighting? My answer is an unequivocal yes. There is no situation in which we do not go back to fighting until the end”, he added.
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