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New York:

Video showing kidnapping of IDF lookouts screened at Times Square

The three-minute video shows lookouts Liri Albag, Karina Ariev, Agam Berger, Daniela Gilboa, and Naama Levy before Hamas kidnapped them to Gaza on October 7.

Video showing kidnapping of IDF lookouts screened at Times Square

Father of hostage:

'We count the minutes, every minute is an eternity for her'

Eli Albag, the father of Liri who is seen being abducted in the video that was published this week, spoke to Arutz Sheva about his fight to bring his daughter home, he calls for unity and asks everyone to keep praying.

'We count the minutes, every minute is an eternity for her'

Sisters of recovered hostage:

'We are crushed and broken'

Avivit and Orit, the sisters of Hanan Yablonka whose body was recovered from Gaza, commented on the tragic tidings: "We woke up to a black morning, we couldn't have imagined this."

'We are crushed and broken'

IDF Spokesman:

'We won't stop fighting for hostages' freedom from living hell'

After bodies of 3 hostages recovered from Gaza, Rear Admiral Danial Hagari says 'There are men, women, children, and babies being held in Hamas in living hell across our border in Gaza.'

'We won't stop fighting for hostages' freedom from living hell'

Herzog:

'Our hearts go out to hostages' families on bitter news'

Israeli President reacts to recovery of the bodies of hostages Michel Nisenbaum, Hanan Yablonka, and Orion Hernandez Radoux, who were murdered on October 7.

'Our hearts go out to hostages' families on bitter news'

Bodies of 3 hostages recovered from Gaza

IDF, Shin Bet, locate and recover bodies of Michel Nisenbaum, Hanan Yablonka, and Orion Hernandez Radoux, who were murdered on October 7.

Bodies of 3 hostages recovered from Gaza

CIA director to visit Europe for hostage release talks

Axios report: CIA director William Burns is expected to travel to Europe for a meeting with the head of the Mossad and the Prime Minister of Qatar in an effort to revive talks to release hostages.

CIA director to visit Europe for hostage release talks

Father of kidnapped soldier:

'We have to fight with strength'

Shlomi Berger, father of IDF lookout Agam Berger who was kidnapped to Gaza, says it is time to end the war as part of a deal to release the hostages.

'We have to fight with strength'

MK plays massacre video for hundreds in Nashville

MK Ohad Tal play the video of the abduction of surveillance post operators on October 7th for hundreds of supporters at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee.

MK plays massacre video for hundreds in Nashville

With families of hostages:

British Deputy PM views massacre footage for the first time

British Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden met with families of the hostages in London yesterday and viewed the videos of the abduction of soldiers from Nahal Oz for the first time since it happened.

British Deputy PM views massacre footage for the first time

War Cabinet instructs:

Continue negotiations on hostage release deal

Major General Nitzan Alon, who is responsible for the issue of the hostages on behalf of the IDF, compiled a document with amendments to the Israeli response to the hostage deal proposal.

Continue negotiations on hostage release deal

Ambassador Erdan:

'You recognized an entity of murderers, rapists, and kidnappers'

Israel's Ambassador to the UN condemned Norway, Ireland, and Spain for recognizing a Palestinian state and commented on the video showing the abduction of IDF lookouts on October 7th.

'You recognized an entity of murderers, rapists, and kidnappers'

Herzog on abduction video:

'The world must look at this cruel atrocity and speak out'

Israeli President Isaac Herzog commented on the horrifying video that was published showing the abduction of five female IDF lookouts by Hamas terrorists on October 7th.

'The world must look at this cruel atrocity and speak out'

Heartbreaking cruelty in footage from young women's abduction

Families Forum publishes footage - taken from the terrorists' boydcams - showing the brutal abduction of five female IDF soldiers, who are still held hostage in Gaza.

Heartbreaking cruelty in  footage from young women's abduction

Mother of hostage:

'On video you see a mass of terrorists treating them brutally'

Shira Albag, mother of observer Liri, kidnapped on Oct. 7, described the video that will go public tonight: "You hear the terrorists saying – “These are the girls that can get pregnant'.”

'On video you see a mass of terrorists treating them brutally'

Hostages' families:

Video of abduction of female IDF observers to be released tonight

The families of the female IDF observers who were kidnapped on October 7 decided to release the footage showing how their daughters were treated during their abductions tonight.

Video of abduction of female IDF observers to be released tonight

'We were all duped'

Report: Egypt changed terms of Gaza ceasefire deal

Sources tell CNN that Egyptian intelligence quietly changed the terms of ceasefire proposal that Israel had already signed off on, scuttling a hostage release deal.

Report: Egypt changed terms of Gaza ceasefire deal

Chief of Staff in Gaza:

'We're ready for dangerous missions to retrieve hostages bodies'

IDF Chief of Staff Halevi visits soldiers in Jabaliya, says military seeks to bring all hostages back alive and to enable burials for those who no longer alive.

'We're ready for dangerous missions to retrieve hostages bodies'

Hamas Captivity Survivor:

'The wounds became infected. I saw we had honey and used it'

Hamas captivity survivor and pediatric nurse Nili Margalit shares a harrowing tale of resilience and treating her fellow hostages in Hamas captivity.

'The wounds became infected. I saw we had honey and used it'

Honenu:

Only haredim charged with illegal assembly

Data revealed in a recent Knesset meeting shows that for all of 2022 and 2023, only haredim were ever charged with illegal assembly during protests.

Only haredim charged with illegal assembly

Cleared for publication:

Soldiers recount the mission to recover hostages

The soldiers involved in the mission to recover the bodies of four hostages from Jabaliya recount the operation, minute by minute.

Soldiers recount the mission to recover hostages

Mother of hostage:

'No time for waiting around'

Einav Zangauker, mother of the hostage Matan Zangauker said to Minister Gallant: 'Matan was kidnapped alive, he is still alive now, but you want to abandon him to die.'

'No time for waiting around'

Cleared for publication:

How the bodies of four hostages were recovered from Gaza

The tunnel where the bodies were found was used by Hamas in an attempt to rebuild their command and control capacity. It was in an underground complex which the IDF had not reached until that point.

How the bodies of four hostages were recovered from Gaza

Human rights expert:

'UN Security Council refused to hold meeting on Israeli hostages'

Human Rights Voices President Professor Anne Bayefsky tells Arutz Sheva reports that the Security Council met to discuss the hostages' plight last week are misinformation and the meeting was held outside the Security Council, which refused to hold it.

'UN Security Council refused to hold meeting on Israeli hostages'

Montana Tucker in Israel:

I want to show how incredible Israel is through music and dance

Jewish TikTok influencer, Montana Tucker speaks to Arutz Sheva: 'I went to US college campuses. People don't even know what they're chanting or what they're supporting. I tried to have a conversation with them to see if I could understand, but they have no idea what they're doing.'

I want to show how incredible Israel is through music and dance

Hostages' families:

'Immediately resume negotiations'

Hostages Families Forum Headquarters responds to the release of footage featuring two sisters while they were in Hamas captivity: We urge the international community to condemn Hamas and to continue applying pressure to ensure the release of all hostages.

'Immediately resume negotiations'

IDF finds footage of 8-year-old hostage in Gaza

IDF soldiers in Gaza in recent days located a video showing 8-year-old Ela Elyakim a few days after she was abducted from her father's home in Nahal Oz during the October 7th massacre.

IDF finds footage of 8-year-old hostage in Gaza

Hostage's father:

‘Netanyahu is dillydallying and causing severe damage’

Father of Avinatan Or, who is being held hostage in Gaza, calls on the coalition to replace the PM, by elections or any other way: ‘Netanyahu does not have the courage to decide on a war or a deal.’

‘Netanyahu is dillydallying and causing severe damage’

Heartbreaking:

Bodies of three hostages rescued from Gaza laid to rest

In three cemeteries, Shani Louk, Amit Buskila and Yitzhak Gelernter, whose bodies were rescued from Gaza over the weekend, are being laid to rest.

Bodies of three hostages rescued from Gaza laid to rest

IDF confirms:

Bodies of three hostages recovered from Gaza

The bodies of the hostages Yitzhak Gelernter, Shani Louk, and Amit Buskila were rescued overnight during a joint IDF and ISA operation.

Bodies of three hostages recovered from Gaza

Erdan at UN:

'You've done practically nothing to secure hostages' release'

Israeli Ambassador criticizes the UN for its failure until now to discuss ways to bring back the hostages held by Hamas: If the Council truly wants this war to end, then bringing the hostages home should be the top priority!

'You've done practically nothing to secure hostages' release'

Finally:

UN Security Council to discuss advancement of hostage release

Following a prolonged effort by Ambassador Erdan, the Security Council will convene on Thursday for a special discussion on the situation of the hostages and the promotion of ways to release them.

UN Security Council to discuss advancement of hostage release

'Revenge on Hamas'

Bereaved mother's demand for victory on Independence Day

Galit Valdman, whose son, Major Ariel Ben-Moshe, was killed on October 7: ‘Wants revenge. Maybe a minister in the government can't say things like that, but I'm not in uniform.’

Bereaved mother's demand for victory on Independence Day

Singer Miri Mesika sings 'Hatikva' with freed hostages

Before the anthem, Mesika dedicates one of her songs to the freed hostages and prays for the return of all 132 hostages who are still in captivity.

Singer Miri Mesika sings 'Hatikva' with freed hostages

Report:

Sinwar is hiding in Khan Yunis

According to report in The New York Times, Yahya Sinwar is not in Rafah, but remains in the tunnels in Khan Yunis - surrounded by hostages to use as human shields.

Sinwar is hiding in Khan Yunis

Watch:

Terrorist who held hostage Noa Marciano captive eliminated

The terrorist, Naeem Ghoul, who was eliminated on Friday, was involved in firing rockets at Israeli territory and was also responsible for holding Noa Marciano, who was murdered by an al-Shifa hospital doctor.

Terrorist who held hostage Noa Marciano captive eliminated

Holon:

Mayor clashes with mother of hostage over Yom Haatzmaut parties

Holon Municipality decided to hold the Yom Haatzmaut celebrations in the city almost without changes, despite the anguish of the family of hostage Agam Berger.

Mayor clashes with mother of hostage over Yom Haatzmaut parties

Relatives of hostages arrested in Tel Aviv protests

Violent confrontations broke out this evening in Tel Aviv between protesters and the police. A water cannon was used. Three protesters were arrested, among them relatives of hostages.

Relatives of hostages arrested in Tel Aviv protests

Psychological terrorism:

Hamas publishes video clip of hostage Nadav Popplewell

Nadav Popplewell, son of released hostage Channah Peri, was kidnapped from Kibbutz Nirim on October 7.

Hamas publishes video clip of hostage Nadav Popplewell

Hamas:

'We'll re-examine our negotiation strategy'

Hamas blames Israel for collapse of talks on a ceasefire and a hostage release deal, says it will hold consultations with other factions and “re-examine” its negotiation strategy.

'We'll re-examine our negotiation strategy'

Report:

This is the Hamas demand Israel rejected

Officials with knowledge of the Cairo hostage talks reveal Hamas demand for potential ceasefire as terror group refuses to commit to releasing 33 living hostages.

This is the Hamas demand Israel rejected

Protesters clash with drivers in Tel Aviv

Family members of hostages and supporters protest in several locations, demanding the release of the abductees. Clashes with police erupt in several locations.

Protesters clash with drivers in Tel Aviv

During protest in Tel Aviv:

Police try to detain sister of hostage held in Gaza

Clashes erupt during demonstration for the release of the hostages in Tel Aviv. Police try to detain sister of hostage Matan Zangauker, before her mother intervenes.

Police try to detain sister of hostage held in Gaza

Hamas official:

The disagreements are few, we can reach a deal very soon

The official said that the disagreements concern when a total ceasefire will begin and whether the hostages released in the first stage will be alive or dead.

The disagreements are few, we can reach a deal very soon

Revealed:

IDF lookout Noa Marciano was murdered by a doctor at Al-Shifa

Murderer of IDF lookout Noa Marciano named as a doctor at Al-Shifa hospital. IDF Chief of Staff: 'The hospital, a place that is supposed to sanctify the value of life, was used by Hamas for murder.’

IDF lookout Noa Marciano was murdered by a doctor at Al-Shifa

Lior Rudaeff murdered, his body is held by Hamas

Hostages Families Forum Headquarters announces that hostage believed to have been kidnapped on October 7 was killed that day and his body was taken to Gaza by terrorists.

Lior Rudaeff murdered, his body is held by Hamas

Gallant:

'Op. will continue until Hamas destroyed or hostages returned'

Defense Minister visits artillery battery providing support to soldiers in Rafah, says Hamas 'responds only to force.'

'Op. will continue until Hamas destroyed or hostages returned'

US government outraged at Hamas response

New York Times reports that Biden officials are outraged at Hamas’ response to discussions to reach an agreement for the release of the hostages.

US government outraged at Hamas response

Jordan's Queen Rania:

'I try to put myself in the shoes of hostages’ mothers'

Jordan’s Queen Rania al-Abdullah tells CBS she feels empathy for Israeli mothers who have children in Hamas captivity, but urges Israel not to channel the trauma of October 7 to fuel a cycle of “retribution and revenge.”

'I try to put myself in the shoes of hostages’ mothers'

'At any price'

Hundreds of protesters block Ayalon Highway

Protesters walk on the road between vehicles, confront police officers operating at the scene. Three protesters arrested for disturbing the peace.

Hundreds of protesters block Ayalon Highway

Gantz:

'Rafah operation - part of the effort to return the hostages'

National Unity chairman tells the families of the hostages that the response from Hamas "does not correspond to the dialogue that has taken place so far with the mediators and contains significant gaps".

'Rafah operation - part of the effort to return the hostages'

Hamas says it will accept ceasefire proposal

Terrorist organization ends foot-dragging on latest ceasefire proposal, leader Haniyeh tells Qatari PM. Israeli official - Hamas deceptively 'agreed' to Qatari-Egyptian proposal.

Hamas says it will accept ceasefire proposal

Gallant:

'Hamas refusing hostage deal forces us into Rafah'

Defense Minister meets families of hostages, says efforts to return their loved ones will continue even during Rafah operation,

'Hamas refusing hostage deal forces us into Rafah'

Hamas suspends hostage negotiations

Hamas official says terrorist organization has suspended hostage talks and will not return its delegation to Egypt for now.

Hamas suspends hostage negotiations

Released hostage enlists in the IDF

Noga Weiss, who was released from Hamas captivity in the previous hostage deal, enlisted in the IDF on Monday morning and joined the IDF's military social workers' course.

Released hostage enlists in the IDF

Hamas official:

'Netanyahu is running a military campaign without goals'

Senior Hamas official says the organization is determined to reach a ceasefire agreement and an exchange deal "but not at any cost."

'Netanyahu is running a military campaign without goals'

Amit Segal:

'Hamas did not want a hostage deal at all'

News commentator Amit Segal is worried that the US will sign a deal with Hamas behind Israel's back, and emphasizes: 'We deceived ourselves, we told ourselves stories.

'Hamas did not want a hostage deal at all'

CIA director travels to Qatar as hostage talks "near collapse"

Official says William Burns to meet with Qatari PM to exert "maximum pressure" on Israel and Hamas to continue talking.

CIA director travels to Qatar as hostage talks "near collapse"

Netanyahu:

'Surrendering to Hamas demands would be a terrible defeat'

PM addresses the negotiations for a hostage deal, blames Hamas intransigence for lack of deal and says surrendering to its demands would invite repeats of October 7.

'Surrendering to Hamas demands would be a terrible defeat'

Ben Gvir's message to Netanyahu

Minister of National Security: Netanyahu promised not to agree to a reckless deal and say yes to an operation in Rafah - he knows very well the price of not fulfilling the commitment.

Ben Gvir's message to Netanyahu