world : Israel buoyed by hostage rescue - but way ahead still fraught

world : Israel buoyed by hostage rescue - but way ahead still fraught
world : Israel buoyed by hostage rescue - but way ahead still fraught

Wednesday 12 June 2024 10:53 PM

Nafeza 2 world - The Israeli rescue in Gaza, which resulted in the death of one Israeli special forces officer, was considered a successful operation by Israel’s top authorities, despite the carnage in Nuseirat that has been largely ignored in Israel.

“If anyone believes that [Saturday’s] operation absolves the government to strike a deal, they are living a fantasy,” Nahum Barnea, an Israeli political commentator, wrote in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. “The opposite is true. The joy over the successful rescue of the four only evinced the need for a deal.”

Hours after the four freed hostages arrived in a hospital near Tel Aviv, Mr Netanyahu visited them and their families. It did not go unnoticed that this happened before the end of the Jewish Sabbath, when official activities are often muted, and was accompanied by a torrent of videos and photos released by his team.

“When the ending is bad, the prime minister doesn’t show up. He doesn’t call, either,” Avi Marciano, whose daughter Noa was killed in captivity, wrote on Facebook.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is back in the Middle East, his eighth trip to the region since the Hamas attacks, in another effort to push for a deal. There are also growing concerns that, without a ceasefire in Gaza, violence might escalate along Israel’s border with Lebanon, where the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement has carried out near-daily attacks.

With a wide gap remaining between Israel and Hamas, US pressure is not a guarantee of progress. “There’s no quick end to this war… This could theoretically go on for years,” Mr Baskin said. “I really want to be optimistic, but it’s very difficult to be.”

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