/ 01 November 2023

Israel’s not for turning

TOPSHOT - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. (Photo by ABIR SULTAN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. (Photo by ABIR SULTAN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected international calls for a pause in the war with Hamas, saying it would be “to surrender to terrorism”. Israeli forces are pushing deeper into the Gaza Strip despite the United Nations and humanitarian groups pleading for more time to get aid to the territory. Netanyahu says Israel is not deviating from its mission to dismantle Hamas and its infrastructure while also securing the release of over 200 hostages. On that subject, 19yo Israeli soldier Ori Megidish was rescued during one of the military’s missions in Gaza – officials also confirmed the death of Shani Louk, a German-Israeli citizen also believed to have been kidnapped by Hamas. A video was also released yesterday by Hamas showing 3 women being held hostage – one of whom criticises Netanyahu and demands the release of Hamas prisoners. And the emerging news this morning are reports of a blast at a refugee camp within Gaza, killing dozens…

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