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Orgs. supporting hostages' families honored

Genesis Prize, dubbed the 'Jewish Nobel Prize,' awarded to 5 organizations that have assisted the families of the hostages kidnapped on October 7.

Orgs. supporting hostages' families honored

Families of hostages begin new march to Jerusalem

The march will make its way from Gaza to Jerusalem to demand the government secure the immediate release of the hostages.

Families of hostages begin new march to Jerusalem

'If we don't finish the job, it'll happen again'

Thomas Hand, father of nine-year-old Emily who was freed from Hamas captivity after 50 days, says Israel must “finish the job” against Hamas.

'If we don't finish the job, it'll happen again'

US deal would free 40 hostages for 400 terrorists

Leaked document from Paris talks shows proposal in which Israel would free 10 terrorists for each hostage freed from Hamas' clutches, 90 hostages would remain in captivity.

US deal would free 40 hostages for 400 terrorists

'Yellow badge in the Knesset crosses a red line'

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on his decision not to allow the brother of a hostage to speak after wearing a yellow badge: I oppose the comparison between October 7 and the Holocaust.

'Yellow badge in the Knesset crosses a red line'

'I hope for a ceasefire by next Monday'

US President speaks to reporters in New York: My national security adviser tells me that they’re close. My hope is by next Monday we’ll have a ceasefire.

'I hope for a ceasefire by next Monday'

North Gazans won't return until all hostages freed

Defense Minister meets families of the hostages held in Gaza, reiterates if a temporary ceasefire is reached Israel will still resume fighting to eliminate Hamas and free hostages.

North Gazans won't return until all hostages freed

Brother of hostage refused to remove yellow badge.

Stormy Knesset meeting: brother of hostage refused to remove yellow badge. Committee Chairman Edelstein demanded that he remove the badge or leave. He refused and the meeting was ended.

Brother of hostage refused to remove yellow badge.

I am here also on behalf of victims of Schalit deal

During a discussion in the Knesset committee, bereaved families called to continue fighting until the defeat of Hamas and to avoid agreeing to a deal that would endanger more civilians.

I am here also on behalf of victims of Schalit deal

'Redeeming captives is the greatest commandment'

Israeli President meets families of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, says Israel will do everything possible to bring the hostages home.

'Redeeming captives is the greatest commandment'

UNRWA employees participated in 7/10 atrocities

Ayelet Samerano, whose son Yonatan's body was kidnapped by an UNRWA social worker, will address the 'Future Beyond UNRWA' summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

UNRWA employees participated in 7/10 atrocities

Netanyahu reprimanded the head of the Mossad

TV report says Prime Minister scolded the head of the Mossad and the negotiating team that had returned from Paris: That's not how you conduct negotiations, you have to be tough.

Netanyahu reprimanded the head of the Mossad

Dozens of Nukhba terrorists arrested in Khan Yunis

The terrorists were interrogated by IDF intelligence and Shin Bet and provided information on how they held the hostages in Gaza.

Dozens of Nukhba terrorists arrested in Khan Yunis

‘Hostage deal? Only under better terms’

Minister Bezalel Smotrich spoke at the Jerusalem Conference about the attempt to pressure Israel into agreeing to a Palestinian state: ‘I would like to hear Benny Gantz object to this.’

‘Hostage deal? Only under better terms’

'Hamas is playing the ultimatum game'

Nobel Prize Winner Professor Yisrael Aumann explains why Hamas is negotiating the way it is, and what the result is likely to be.

'Hamas is playing the ultimatum game'

'We must do everything possible to create unity'

President Isaac Herzog discusses the actions he has been taking to prevent the nation from returning to the public discourse of October 6th.

'We must do everything possible to create unity'

'Hostages will force Israel to concede'

A member of Hamas' political branch says that hostage negotiations will force Israel into concessions.

'Hostages will force Israel to concede'

'There's a glimmer of hope for hostage release deal'

UN Secretary-General to protest who said he works more for the sake of UNRWA than that of the hostages: I have no authority. If I had any, they would have already been released.

'There's a glimmer of hope for hostage release deal'

Hamas has dropped some demands, deal still not final

Hamas has reduced some of its demands for a prisoner exchange agreement due to Prime Minister Netanyahu's toughening position in negotiations.

Hamas has dropped some demands, deal still not final

Delegation to Paris for hostage release deal talks

The final approval for the delegation and granting of its powers will be done by the expanded cabinet. The delegation will be headed by Mossad chief David Barnea.

Delegation to Paris for hostage release deal talks

'Israel to give hostage negotiators more authority'

Defense Minister Gallant meets White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk, says IDF preparing for continuation of intense ground operations.

'Israel to give hostage negotiators more authority'

Release 3000 terrorists, soldiers won't be released

The terrorist organization has lowered the number of Palestinian prisoners it is demanding released but Israel still has not sent a negotiation team to respond.

Release 3000 terrorists, soldiers won't be released

France claims 45 hostages received medications

French govt. echoes claims by Qatar that some hostages in Gaza have finally received medications after 4 months in captivity, but no evidence has yet been provided.

France claims 45 hostages received medications

'An UNRWA worker kidnapped my son'

The body of Yonatan Samerano who was murdered by Hamas terrorists on October 7th was abducted to Gaza by a terrorist who was later confirmed to be a UNRWA employee.

'An UNRWA worker kidnapped my son'

'We'll have to pay a heavy price to return hostages'

Gal Hirsch tells the Conference of Presidents that Israel is writing a previously unwritten textbook on handling a hostage negotiation situation.

'We'll have to pay a heavy price to return hostages'

Be considerate of hostage families' feelings

President Isaac Herzog calls on high school students in Haifa: 'We must consider the feelings of the hostages’ families, understand that they are going through a living hell every day and every hour.'

Be considerate of hostage families' feelings

'The medications were transferred to the hostages'

Prime Minister's Office: Israel will examine the credibility of the report and continue to work for the welfare of our hostages.

'The medications were transferred to the hostages'

Contacts underway for another summit in Paris

As Hamas delegation arrives in Cairo, diplomatic officials estimate that the upcoming month of Ramadan creates an opportunity for a deal to release hostages.

Contacts underway for another summit in Paris

Widespread support for Smotrich's position

Poll conducted following Minister of Finance's interview that caused an uproar finds: A large majority supports his position that victory over Hamas is now Israel's main goal.

Widespread support for Smotrich's position

US Jewish leaders meet with freed hostages

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations heard from freed hostage Aviva Siegel at a panel focussing on the sexual crimes and gender-based violence perpetrated by Hamas.

US Jewish leaders meet with freed hostages

Smotrich on hostage deal: Main goal to destroy Hamas

Minister Bezalel Smotrich clarified that Israel's most urgent task is the destruction and defeat of Hamas. He rejected the demand for a hostage deal 'at all costs.'

Smotrich on hostage deal: Main goal to destroy Hamas

'No pressure can stop us from achieving our goals'

PM visits IDF Artillery Corps’ elite Sky Riders Unit at Zikim Base, vows to resist international pressure to end the war and leave Hamas in power.

'No pressure can stop us from achieving our goals'

'There's nothing humane about that video'

Ofri Bibas-Levy, sister of Yarden Bibas, says she does not know if her sister and their family will ever get to see her unborn child after video of family in Gaza found.

'There's nothing humane about that video'

'1 word for kidnapping of Bibas family, Barbarity'

Israeli President reacts on social media to the video of the Bibas family in Gaza. 'Kfir Bibas, just a year old, is the youngest hostage in the world. The whole world must demand and work to #BringThemHomeNow.'

'1 word for kidnapping of Bibas family, Barbarity'

'Taking children is beyond the pale'

Family of couple, children kidnapped on October 7 react to video showing mother and small children in Gaza several days after the massacre.

'Taking children is beyond the pale'

IDF releases footage of Bibas family in Gaza

Video shows Shiri and her 4-year-old son Ariel and 9-month-old son Kfir in southern Gaza days after the massacre. Their current condition is unknown.

IDF releases footage of Bibas family in Gaza

IDF finds video of Bibas family from 1st days of war

The Bibas family, Yarden, Shiri, and their 4-year and 9-month-old sons Ariel and Kfir were kidnapped on October 7. Kfir, the youngest hostage, turned 1 in captivity.

IDF finds video of Bibas family from 1st days of war

'Netanyahu determined to continue more killing'

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi blames Netanyahu for hostage release deal not having been agreed upon yet.

'Netanyahu determined to continue more killing'

'I urge you to press Qatar to press Hamas'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Conference of Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations: I hope we can achieve a deal soon, but deal or no deal, we have to finish the job.

'I urge you to press Qatar to press Hamas'

IDF locates medications meant for hostages

During the IDF forces' activity in the hospital, troops found boxes of medications with the names of Israeli hostages. The packages of medications that were found were sealed and were not given to the hostages.

IDF locates medications meant for hostages

Israeli security forces' request from Gaza residents

Gaza residents promised cash reward for providing information about Israeli hostages. Residents receive text messages saying: 'Don't hesitate. Contact us at this number.'

Israeli security forces' request from Gaza residents

'I heard my son had been murdered on the radio'

Freed hostage Ruthi Munder tells how she heard about the fate of her family while in Hamas captivity.

'I heard my son had been murdered on the radio'

'Hamas’ demands are delusional'

Israel’s Coordinator for the Captives and the Missing, Gal Hirsch, to CNN: We want a deal, but Hamas’ demands are disconnected from reality.

'Hamas’ demands are delusional'

Freed hostage testifies to crimes committed by Hamas

Aviva Siegel, who was freed in hostage release deal in November, recalls the horrific crimes that she and other hostages went through.

Freed hostage testifies to crimes committed by Hamas

IDF finds medications with names of hostages

IDF says the source of the medications and how they were used is currently under investigation.

IDF finds medications with names of hostages

'There has to be a temporary ceasefire'

US President says he hopes Israel will not launch a land invasion of Rafah before a hostage release deal is reached.

'There has to be a temporary ceasefire'

'Return the hostages or Israel will invade Rafah'

Minister Benny Gantz delivers an ultimatum to Hamas just minutes before Shabbat

'Return the hostages or Israel will invade Rafah'

'If only I could switch places with you'

13-year-old Yagil Yaakov, who was notified yesterday that his father was murdered on October 7th, took to social media to lament his father's death.

'If only I could switch places with you'

'Working tirelessly to release all hostages'

US President tells Netanyahu that the situation of the hostages being held by Hamas is "appalling" and he is committed to secure their release.

'Working tirelessly to release all hostages'

Hostage Yair Yaakov was murdered by Hamas

Kibbutz announces one of its residents who was kidnapped on October 7, 59-year-old Yair Yaakov, was murdered that day. His partner and 2 kidnapped children were released during hostage deal in November.

Hostage Yair Yaakov was murdered by Hamas

Dozens of terrorists hid in Nasser Hospital

IDF Spokesman Hagari says while IDF has intelligence about hostages' bodies being held in the hospital, they have yet to be found.

Dozens of terrorists hid in Nasser Hospital

PM demands to know if hostages received medications

A diplomatic source clarified that 'the Prime Minister's 'maximum pressure' policy is the only way to cause the Hamas terror organization to back down from its insane demands and to free the hostages.'

PM demands to know if hostages received medications

Terrorist who held Noa Marciano hostage eliminated

IDF eliminated Ahmed Ghoul, a commander in Hamas' Shati Battalion who participated in the October 7th massacre and held 19-year-old IDF lookout Cpl. Noa Marciano hostage.

Terrorist who held Noa Marciano hostage eliminated

'Send representatives to talks in Egypt'

Danny Elgarat demands that the government send representatives to the talks in Egypt and act to bring back the hostages, including his brother Itzik.

'Send representatives to talks in Egypt'

How the suit in The Hague can hurt Hamas

Moshe Or, the brother of the hostage Avinatan Or, explains to Arutz Sheva that the families of the hostages want the ICJ to issue warrants against Hamas leaders in all UN member states.

How the suit in The Hague can hurt Hamas

Hostages' families turn to ICC over Hamas' crimes

Hundreds of hostage family members went to The Hague today (Wednesday) and filed a report with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Hamas leaders for the organization's actions during the horrific events of October 7.

Hostages' families turn to ICC over Hamas' crimes

Israeli delegation won't return to Cairo

PMO says Israel won't submit to 'delusional' demands of Hamas in hostage talks, Hamas positions must change for progress to be made.

Israeli delegation won't return to Cairo

Freed hostages released from hospital after 3 days

Sheba Tel Hashomer Hospital says 3-day treatment of Fernando Marman and Louis Har after they were freed from 129 days in Hamas captivity shows the danger to the remaining hostages.

Freed hostages released from hospital after 3 days

'Brings US House of Representatives to tears'

Zvika Mor, father of Eitan held hostage by Hamas, talks about his visit to Washington with the Knesset Speaker's delegation: 'The US sentiment was attentive to our plight.'

'Brings US House of Representatives to tears'

Lapid criticizes government, Likud fires back

Opposition leader Yair Lapid blasts government following reports that Israel did not present a proposal for release of the hostages in Cairo.

Lapid criticizes government, Likud fires back