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Ceasefire?

This morning, at 7 AM Israel time, a truce between Israel and Hamas took effect. Israel entered into negotiations in hopes of securing the release of approximately 240 Israelis being held captive in Gaza since October 7th. 

Here’s what’s been made public about the terms of this tentative four-day pause in the fight to eradicate Hamas. Israel has agreed to release up to 300 prisoners—150 in the first stage of the ceasefire—held in Israeli prisons for crimes less than murder. Most of the prisoners are from East Jerusalem, and many of them are under the age of 18, or women. Hamas has said the IDF agreed to suspend aerial activity over Northern Gaza during certain times of the day, and halt flights over southern Gaza altogether for the next four days. In addition, Israel will allow larger amounts of fuel to cross from Egypt into Gaza. In return, Hamas has agreed to release 50 of the hostages—around 30 children and 20 mothers and other women.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/cabinet-approves-deal-for-return-of-50-hostages-in-exchange-for-multi-day-ceasefire/

Ahead of an Israeli Knesset Cabinet vote to approve the deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the war would continue after the ceasefire. “We are at war, and we will continue the war,” he said. “We will continue until we achieve all our goals.” Israel has stated that its goals in this war are to eliminate Hamas and bring back all the hostages.

Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, who sits in Israel’s War Cabinet, said the hostage deal is “difficult” and “painful” but he believes “it is also right.” Israel’s full 38-member government Cabinet voted 35-3 to approve the four-day ceasefire. The three cabinet members opposed to the deal are from the right-wing Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party. Party leaders were vocal in their opposition to any deal that does not include the return of all the hostages. “We don’t have the right to agree to separating them and have only some of them return,” party leader Itamar Ben Gvir said. “And we definitely cannot accept an outline that sees the release of female and underage terrorists when we don’t get everyone back.”

Concerns revolve around the fact that these negotiations are taking place with a terrorist organization that has no value for human life. Hamas will doubtlessly use this time of quiet to rearm and reorganize, which greatly increases the potential of a  prolonged war and greater loss of life. 

Officials in another right-wing party, the Religious Zionist Party, previously opposed the deal, but came to support it after discussions with defense officials. “It is no secret that before the cabinet discussion, we thought otherwise…” wrote party head Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich in a statement, noting that conversations with IDF officials convinced them that Israel would continue its mission to destroy Hamas in Gaza.

Smotrich cited unspecified “clear mechanisms” within the deal to prevent “future… surrender to [Hamas leader Yahya] Sinwar’s manipulation.” He also thanked the IDF for the pressure they put on the terrorist group that created the conditions for the hostage deal, pledging continued government support for the military’s efforts.

https://www.jns.org/israel-to-complete-the-elimination-of-hamas-after-ceasefire

It’s no surprise that Hamas leaders would be desperate for some respite after the relentless targeted campaign Israel has waged on their commanders, outposts, weapons arsenals, and other infrastructure. However, Hamas also has a horrible record of violating ceasefires, often using them as opportunities to stage surprise attacks on Israel. 

Already, minutes after the ceasefire went into effect, sirens sounded in southern Israel, indicating Hamas was possibly in violation of the ceasefire. Soon after though, trucks with aid began to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing with Egypt. Now, Israelis are holding their breaths in anticipation, as Hamas has agreed to release the first 12 or 13 hostages, starting at 4PM Israel time on Friday.

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19 Responses
  1. Patricia Saxon

    I pray for the people of Israel that in their afflictions they would seek the God of Israel Yeshua for his grace and mercy. They are fighting people who are demonic.

    1. Sandra Smith

      No, history has shown that repeatedly. Taqquiya and kitman, staples of “negotiations” with them. I’m quite sure the Israelis know all that too; they’ve certainly had more than sufficient experience with it. None of the previous “cease fires” have worked either…

  2. JOHN-PAUL

    12 ThAi hostages and a few Israeli hostages. Not enough for 150 palestinians!!! Raw deal and not a fair deal.

  3. Elizabeth

    It is very hard to deal with savages. They have no respect for anyone or anything. A very hard decision on the part of Israel. Let the Lord be your guide. Prayers

  4. Brenda Matthews

    We support Israel as much as we can. We pray for the Safety of the Israel people and for true peace, in Yeshua name. We also support IFCJ, and other organizations to help feed and clothe those who need it. I only wish we had more to give. I also pray your eyes will be opened to your Messiah YESHUA. He is coming again
    when the new temple is built and the antichrist sits in it proclaiming to be GOD. All eyes of Israel will be opened and they will receive the true GOD and MESSIAH YESHUA. I pray the HOLY Spirit will open your ears and your eyes in Yeshua Name.

  5. Joel

    No surveillance flights over Gaza. Well I guess the IDF and US will just have to use satellites to watch what these murderers do and where their rat holes are.

    1. Judy L Gonzalski

      I completely agree. I can only hope that when the cease fire is done that all those released palestinian prisoners who fight with Hamas will meet their demise very soon, Praying for Israels success in this war and that Hamas’ bombs and weapons fire will hit open fields where there are no people or that they will back fire and kill Hamas people firing them. There are no words to adequately describe their horrible attrocities. Praying for blind eyes to be opened in Israel to Yeshua and for the blind eyes in America to also open. Unbelievable to me how so many across the globe are so easily led astray concerning what is going on.

  6. Denise

    Heartbroken. I pray the Israeli government and military truly know they can defeat Hamas and have plans in place for when Hamas goes back on their word. I remember when Israel pulled out of Gaza, and I was shocked. I don’t know why Israel didn’t go back into Gaza years ago. I pray I will not be shocked again, and that Israel is able to completely dismantle Hamas.

  7. Elaine Perry

    YESHUA is coming back in the Rapture, before the antichrist sits on the new temple. 1Thessalonians 4:13-18; 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

    14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

    15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

    16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

    17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

    18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.❤️✝️🕊✝️🙏🏼🇺🇸🕎🇮🇱

  8. Barbara Jenkins

    So angry to see those Hamas thugs with their faces covered up escorting elderly Israeli hostages from one vehicle to another, what heroes they are, capturing old people. I hope their days on this earth are very short.

  9. Vickie

    I read everything I possibly can about Israel 🇮🇱 there and in America 🇺🇸!! Americans need to realize and read their Bible that we are not dealing with schizophrenics! We are dealing with people that have no heart or soul and if they ever had a mind it’s been turned over to a reprobate!! Israel 🇮🇱 already does know and we need to stay and be ready to fight alongside of Israel 🇮🇱 and forget their normal humanity because that’s GONE!! Not to mention ones those who have gone into other countries!! Yes right here too!! Prime Minister in Israel is wise but when they got attacked by these Zombies out of the blue something happened like news paper people or a Judas goat in Israel that DID NOT WARN ISRAEL!! Well I came from a long line of Christians and my mother always said “if someone attacks Israel,they DO NOT LET THE GRASS GROW UNDER THEIR FEET BEFORE THEY ARE SLAMMING BACK!! There was an unusual delay of Israel fighting back! I had already started praying for ISRAEL! I believe that the Prime Minister knows who did that!! So I pray to Jesus who is the intercessor to God and I believe Israel is watching and keeping their word on ceasefire that Hamas made would take humanity its GONE!! I don’t believe at all they will keep their word on anything said to ISRAEL 🇮🇱 🇺🇸 and I am believing God that some Generals are ready to get down and dirty here and there!! A scripture “when Satan comes in like a flood the spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him “!! That’s Gods word and that will happen!! I also believe that the USA 🇺🇸 has been over there and has seen somewhat of what they are capable of!! I want to be able to shake the dust of my feet off against those and I mean all of them to that hurt Israel or Americans. Other countries better be on the same wave link because I know it’s not over!! Even so come quickly Lord Jesus!!