Day 277 – Israel Inches Closer to Cease-fire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant met to discuss a deal for the release of hostages. This comes after they had a public argument about war-related issues. At the same time, Mossad’s head, along with top intelligence officials from the US, Egypt, and Qatar, will meet in Doha to further the negotiations. Defense Minister Yoav Galant assured families of hostages that the Israeli security establishment is committed to achieving a deal to return their loved ones.

Israel’s nine-month campaign to destroy Hamas has resulted in massive destruction in the Gaza Strip. This has reportedly made Hamas change its mind about what they want for a cease-fire agreement. Over the weekend, Hamas stopped demanding that Israel must promise to end the war for there to be a cease-fire. This change is making people hope that there can be progress in peace talks led by other countries.

Please continue to pray for the immediate release of the hostages! Please also pray for wisdom for Israel in their dealings with Hamas regarding a cease-fire in Gaza.

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