Israel Reaches Deal for Hostage Release

Stand for Israel  |  November 22, 2023

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The Israeli government has approved a plan to secure the release of about 50 Israeli hostages being held by Hamas. An initial group of hostages could be released as early as November 23. In exchange, Israel will release 150 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, and agree to a 4-day ceasefire. Israeli PM Netanyahu called the deal “a difficult decision but the right one”:

An Israeli government official briefing reporters on Tuesday said the deal was expected to see the release of 50 living Israeli citizens — children, mothers and other women — in groups of 12-13 people over four days. In exchange, Israel has agreed to a ceasefire for those four days, for the first time since the outbreak of the war, as well as the release of 150 teenage and female Palestinian security prisoners. The halt in fighting could be extended by one additional day for each additional group of 10 hostages freed, after which Israel’s campaign to destroy Hamas in Gaza is to resume.

As the war continues, please continue to pray for the safe release of all Israeli hostages, for peace for Israel and her people, and for protection for our Heroes of the Holy Land.

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