War Cabinet meeting
War Cabinet meetingKobi Gideon/GPO

The War Cabinet gathered on Wednesday night for a discussion on the efforts to extend the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

Parallel to the discussion, the mediators submitted a list of hostages to be freed that violates the agreement, and officials in Israel made clear that Hamas needs to amend it in order to comply with it.

An Israeli official stressed that if the list of hostages handed over by Hamas does not change by 7:00 a.m., Israel will resume the fighting in Gaza.

The military wing of Hamas announced that it instructed its operatives to be ready to resume fighting when the temporary ceasefire concludes at 7:00 a.m.

Hamas also claimed that Israel refused its offer to release seven living women and children and three bodies of hostages in exchange for an extension of the ceasefire.

In the meantime, Qatar continues to pressure Hamas to improve the list so that it meets the criteria of the agreement. The spokesman for the Qatari Foreign Ministry, Majed bin Mohammed Al Ansari, said that "Qatar hopes that the ceasefire can be extended based on the progress made in recent days."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday commented on the talks on the extension of the ceasefire.

"From the start of the war, I set three goals: Eliminating Hamas, returning all of our hostages and ensuring that Gaza will never again go back to being a threat to the State of Israel. These three goals still stand,” he said.

“In the past week, we have had a very great achievement – the return of dozens of our hostages. A week ago this seemed imaginary but we achieved it,” continued Netanyahu.

“But in recent days I have heard a question: After completing this stage of the return of our hostages, will Israel go back to the fighting? My answer is an unequivocal yes.”

“There is no situation in which we do not go back to fighting until the end. This is my policy. The entire Security Cabinet is behind it. The entire Government is behind it. The soldiers are behind it. The people are behind it – this is exactly what we will do,” stressed Netanyahu.

Meanwhile on Wednesday night, Hamas freed 12 Israeli hostages, including two dual Israeli-Russian citizens who were freed as part of a gesture by Hamas to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Four Thai citizens were freed as well.

The two dual Russian-Israeli citizens who were released are Yelena Trupanob (50) and Irena Tati (73). The other Israelis who were freed are: Gali Tarshansky (13), Ofir Engel (17), Amit Shani (16), Liam Or (18), Itay Regev (18), Raaya Rotem (54), Raz Ben-Ami (57), Yarden Roman Gat (36), Liat Atzili (49), and Moran Stela Yanai (40).