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Government: Deal is 'first stage' in return of all hostages
Cabinet okays deal for release of 50 Israeli hostages in exchange for 4-day Gaza truce
150 underage or female Palestinian terrorists to go free in return for abductees; halt could be extended by a day for each additional 10 Israeli hostages, then war will resume
Behind the scenes of the intense talks that led to the Israel-Hamas hostage deal
Families of hostages feel mix of hope and uncertainty as deal okayed for return of 50
Live updates (closed)
Nov. 22: Biden welcomes hostage deal in calls with Netanyahu, Sissi, Qatar’s emir
Security adviser Hanegbi says release of hostages ‘not before Friday’ * PM: Mossad has orders to act against Hamas heads ‘wherever they are’ * IDF ground op toll hits 70
Biden welcomes hostage deal in calls with Netanyahu, Qatar's emir and Egypt's Sissi
Head of Hezbollah parliamentary bloc's son killed in Israeli strike in south Lebanon -- source
Top Netanyahu aide announces delay in hostage releases, which won't start until Friday
The children believed held hostage in Gaza, many of whom could be freed in Hamas deal
Almost 40 children have been kept captive in the Hamas-run enclave since October 7, among some 240 hostages overall
Palestinian just convicted of stabbing her neighbor may be freed in Hamas deal
Read Rabbi David Wolpe’s reflections on War in Israel
“We are in the paradoxical situation, as a people who love peace, of saying to the world, ‘We must wreak more destruction.’”
Analysis: Deal with the devil
Why Israel agreed to the hostage deal, and how Hamas may intend to exploit it
This Editor’s Note was sent out earlier Wednesday in ToI’s weekly update email to members of the Times of Israel Community. To receive these Editor’s Notes as they’re released, join the ToI Community here. At the very start of Israel's war against Hamas, an Israeli official told reporters that the IDF would strike Hamas everywhere in...
Most politicians welcome hostage deal; Smotrich explains why party ended up voting yes
Herzog, Lapid back cabinet-approved agreement; many lawmakers stress that initial deal must lead to release of all hostages, allow for IDF to continue fighting following pause
Daily Briefing Nov. 22: Day 47 — What we do and don’t know about the hostage deal
Ahead of slated truce, IDF says it’s destroyed 400 Hamas tunnels, continues to fight
Deaths of Cpt. Liron Snir, Staff Sgt. Eitan Dov Rosenzweig bring toll in the ground operation to 70; sources indicate that four-day pause in fighting will begin Thursday at 10 a.m.
IDF breaches blast door in Hamas tunnel under Gaza’s Shifa Hospital
Biden ‘gratified’ by Israeli okay of hostage deal; UK, France, Germany also hail it
China, Russia applaud news of pause in fighting as Paris says it hopes French citizens among released; PA welcomes truce, calls for ‘comprehensive cessation of Israeli aggression’
US officials laud hostage deal — but contemplate how much more war to support
Thanksgiving: This year in Jerusalem
Anxiety about Israel at war, the hostages, antisemitism (the list goes on) makes it hard to give thanks, but it’s exactly the right thing to do
Peta Jones Pellach
The deadly cost of boys’-club governance
After this war, will we learn to honor and value the contribution of women to the country’s security, homefront, and recovery?
Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom
The paradox of protest: How pain can be a catalyst for healing
The demonstrators against judicial reform didn’t weaken Israeli society – they developed its greatest weapon
Extraordinary times call for… ordinary measures?
If we hadn’t already developed our collective reflex of kindness, we wouldn’t have been able to spring into action when we did
‘This is my son. No arm — it’s been 47 days’: Mom shows pope image of her hostage son
Francis holds separate meetings with relatives of abductees and of Palestinian prisoners, decries ‘passions that are killing everyone’; crowd at Vatican waves ‘Genocide’ posters
'A lot of us feel safer in Israel mid-war than we do abroad'
Citing antisemitism abroad, Jewish students stream to Israeli university as war rages
Though many academic programs have delayed their start dates, Reichman University opens its English-language tracks for an unexpected influx of visitors wanting to study in Israel
Together, in limbo
After family comes home, they'll rebury Nadav, Yam at kibbutz
For 46 days, a refugee Kfar Aza family ‘sits shiva’ for its dead and awaits its hostages
Nadav Goldstein-Almog and daughter Yam were killed on October 7; wife Chen Goldstein-Almog and their three younger children were taken hostage. Her brother recounts Hamas’s brutality
Israel said to warn UN Security Council of regional war if Hezbollah isn’t disarmed
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen has reportedly warned the UN Security Council that a regional war is likely if its 2006 resolution calling for the disarmament of Lebanon's Hezbollah terror group is not fully implemented. “For the good of regional stability and to avoid further escalation, the next session...
White House says intel shows Wagner Group preparing to arm ‘Hezbollah or Iran’
South Africa’s shift on Israel: From Mandela-era acceptance to ‘genocide’ allegations
By publicly calling Israel’s actions in Gaza a “genocide” this month, South Africa’s government has exceeded all of its past criticisms of the Jewish state. “But not by much,” according to Benji Shulman, director of public policy for the South African Zionist Federation, the country’s oldest Jewish organization. Shulman is referring to the South African government’s...
South African parliament calls on government to shutter Israeli embassy
Agency drops Susan Sarandon for saying Jews ‘getting taste’ of what Muslims go through
Oscar-nominated US actress under fire for repeatedly accusing Israel of genocide, denying elements of Hamas’s October 7 onslaught and downplaying scope of antisemitism
After uproar, NY state senator fires staffer who endorsed Oct. 7 Hamas onslaught
Archaeologists find earliest evidence of mass weapons production in Stone Age Israel
Huge caches of uniformly designed sling stones from 7,200 years ago indicate organized production of missiles, the earliest evidence of warfare in the Southern Levant
Killings drop in Arab Israeli communities after October 7, but for how long?
Increased police presence and wartime zero-tolerance policy for breaching social order are the most likely factors behind the drop in gang killings — which may only be temporary
US said to delay shipment of weapons for security squads due to Ben Gvir’s conduct
Backed by Intel and Comcast, Israel’s AI21 raises another $53m at $1.4b valuation
US fighter jets strike Iran-backed targets in Iraq after repeated attacks on US bases
Bahrain government websites briefly inaccessible in cyberattack over Israel-Hamas war
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