In Strategic Bind, Israel Weighs Freeing Hostages Against Destroying Hamas

January 20, 2024

Hamas freed more than 100 hostages in November, but has said it will not release the others unless Israel agrees to completely cease hostilities. Gazan officials have not said how many of those killed were combatants, but Israeli military officials say the toll includes more than 8,000 fighters. Three Israeli hostages were already killed by their own soldiers in December, despite waving a white flag and shouting in Hebrew. Some Israeli politicians say that Israel could defeat Hamas faster, and rescue the hostages, by applying more force. The post In Strategic Bind, Israel Weighs Freeing Hostages Against Destroying Hamas appeared first on New York Times.