IDF spokesperson indicates hostage deal will not impact goal of eliminating Hamas

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari implies that the hostage deal taking shape, which will include a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, will not impact the military’s main goal of eliminating the Hamas terror group.

“The goal of returning the hostages is significant. Even if it results in the reduction of some of the other things, we will know how to restore our operational achievements,” Hagari says in response to a question.

Speaking on the reports of the deal, Hagari says the military will first update the families of the hostages, and then the public.

“I recommend only listening to reports from official sources. We will update the truth to the public when we have the facts,” he says.

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