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Israel and Hamas’s Fragile Cease-Fire

Nov 28, 2023
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Isabel Kershner, Jerusalem-based reporter for The New York Times, explains how a grass-roots movement managed to pause the war. Ceasefire agreement focused on the release of hostages and prisoners. The role of domestic politics in the United States and mediation by Qataris, Egyptians, and Americans. Emotional reunions of the released hostages. Ongoing ceasefire and potential extension, including more hostage releases. Updates on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a shooting incident in Burlington, Vermont.
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  • The release of hostages became a central focus for Israel, with grassroots campaigns led by the families of the hostages putting pressure on the government, marking a historic moment in the conflict.
  • The involvement of the United States, putting pressure on Israel to address civilian deaths and the humanitarian crisis, played a critical role in reaching the ceasefire agreement, which offered an opportunity for negotiations and potential prolongation of the pause in hostilities.

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Release of Hostages and Prisoners

The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, now in its fifth day, has resulted in the release of 50 Israeli hostages and 150 Palestinian prisoners. This unprecedented event marks a historic moment in the conflict. The release of hostages became a central focus for Israel, with grassroots campaigns led by the families of the hostages putting pressure on the government. On the other side, the United States played a critical role in negotiating the ceasefire and advocating for civilian safety. The releases have been emotional and complex, with families being reunited but also leaving loved ones behind in Gaza.

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