Temporary Cease-Fire Reached Between Israel And Hamas

Israel and Hamas have agreed on a temporary cease-fire that is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

The cease-fire is scheduled to last four days during which at least 50 hostages in Gaza, all of which are women and children, will be released back to Israel. The hostages were taken during the October 7 surprise attack by Hamas on Israel.

“The Israeli government is committed to the return of all hostages home. Tonight, the government approved the outline for the first stage of achieving this goal, according to which at least 50 hostages – women and children – will be released for 4 days, during which there will be a lull in the fighting,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

While the agreement calls for four days of cease-fire in exchange for 50 hostages, every 10 additional hostages released by Hamas would result in an additional day with a maximum of 10 days of cease-fire.

No matter how long the cease-fire lasts, Israel is expected to resume its retaliatory attack on Hamas once it wraps up. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the cease-fire will give Israel time to prepare for continued fighting and that it will not affect the war effort.

“Nothing says that the war ends after hostages are returned,” Israel Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told Fox News on Tuesday. “Hamas needs to be destroyed.”

Hamas, even in the face of the atrocities of war, continues to praise the October 7 surprise attack, calling it a “victorious resistance.”

“The terms of this agreement were formulated according to a vision that aims to serve our people and strengthen their steadfastness in the face of aggression, and always pay attention to their sacrifices, suffering, and concerns,” Hamas said in a statement Wednesday.

“At the time when we announce the arrival of a truce agreement, we affirm that our victorious brigades and all our resistance factions will remain the protective shield and defender of our people until the occupation and aggression are defeated.”

Under the cease-fire agreement, Israel has agreed to release hostages at a 3-to-1 ratio meaning that 150 hostages will be released by Israel for the 50 released by Hamas. It is estimated that more than 14,000 people have been killed during the 47 days of fighting, most of them Palestinian.