Netanyahu’s office: Mossad chief in Qatar; next group of hostages ‘expected tonight’

Priime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and colleagues speak with Mossad chief David Barnea, who is in Qatar, November 28, 2023 (Haim Zach / GPO)
Priime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and colleagues speak with Mossad chief David Barnea, who is in Qatar, November 28, 2023 (Haim Zach / GPO)

The Prime Minister’s Office releases a picture showing what it says is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and colleagues in conversation with Mossad chief David Barnea “who is currently in Qatar” — formally confirming Barnea’s current whereabouts.

The PMO says the telephone conversation took place “ahead of the expected return of the hostages tonight” — a reference to the anticipated release of a fifth group of Israeli hostages, in addition to the 50 freed by Hamas since Friday in exchange for the release of 150 Palestinian security prisoners.

The reference implies that the initial four-day truce has indeed been extended, and would appear to indicate that the extension remains in force even though Israeli troops were targeted in northern Gaza in an apparent violation of the truce a short while ago.

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