Nov 23, 2023
By Jane Brown
In Israel, family members of some 240 hostages have been left anxiously waiting once more as Israel’s national security advisor has announced a delay in the hostage-release-and-extended-pause deal.
The four day truce is now expected to begin on Friday rather than the original date Thursday at 10am local time.
The last minute delay in the four day pause was announced by Israel’s national security advisor after reports Hamas terrorists failed to deliver a list of the first 50 hostages to be freed and made new demands.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured lawmakers and Israelis that all hostages will be brought home in stages.
An initial 50 hostages will be released in the current deal, including Americans.
He also promised to prepare for war during the ceasefire and said it will carry on until Hamas is destroyed.
Netanyahu is also said to have delivered the same message in a phone call to U.S. President Joe Biden.
Washington has provided extensive military and diplomatic support to Israel since the start of the war which began October 7th after the Hamas terror attacks and hostage taking in Israel.
A new time for the four day ceasefire is expected in the coming hours as officials in Qatar say this is just a hiccup.