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Israel Latest: Netanyahu Rules Out Cease-Fire, UN Warns on Syria

Israel Latest: Netanyahu Rules Out Cease-Fire, UN Warns on Syria
Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on Oct. 29. Photographer: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed calls to resign over security failures in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, and ruled out a cease-fire with the militant group as the army intensifies ground operations in Gaza. The military said it freed a female soldier held captive in the territory. 

A top Israeli official said aid flows to Gaza are poised to increase as concern mounts over the humanitarian situation. Authorities in Hamas-run Gaza said the death toll since the war erupted has surpassed 8,300.

Israeli forces also raided a West Bank city, exchanged fire with Hezbollah across the Lebanese border and conducted an air strike in Syria. The United Nations envoy for Syria warned that the Israel-Hamas conflict is already spilling over into the neighboring country.

(All time stamps are Israeli time)

Israeli Warplanes Attack Sites in Lebanon (2 a.m.)

Israel fighter jets have struck “weapons, posts and sites” in Lebanon that were being used by Hezbollah, the Israeli military said in a Hebrew language post on X, the former Twitter.

Earlier Monday, Hezbollah said it had fired guided missiles at an Israeli site near the Lebanese border, the Iran-backed militant group’s Al Manar TV reported.

House GOP Breaks With Biden on $14 Billion Israel Plan (11:00 p.m.)

House Republicans led by Speaker Mike Johnson unveiled a $14.3 billion Israel aid plan that breaks with the Biden administration on how to handle assistance for the conflict, complicating prospects for passage.

The package separates the Israel aid from a broader Biden emergency funding request that includes assistance for Ukraine and Taiwan. It also leaves out humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza and Israel that the White House requested. The GOP plan would offset the aid to Israel by cutting funds allocated to the US tax enforcement agency under one of Biden’s main economic initiatives.

Mossad Chief Visited Qatar for Hostage Talks (8:30 p.m.)

David Barnea, head of Israel’s intelligence service Mossad, visited Qatar on Saturday to meet with negotiators and discuss efforts to get hostages released, according to a person familiar with the talks.

Qatar, where key Hamas political leaders are based, has been a go-between in diplomacy aimed at freeing more than 200 captives held by the group in Gaza. It helped to mediate in the release of two US citizens earlier this month. Hamas is considered a terrorist group by the US and European Union.

US Pushed Israel to Reopen Gaza Communications Networks (7:30 pm)

The Biden administration pushed Israel to reopen communications networks in the Gaza Strip after they had been shut down, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said. “We made clear to the government of Israel over the weekend that communications networks needed to be restored and we are pleased that they took steps to do that,” Miller told reporters.

Internet and mobile-phone services in Gaza were cut off on Friday amid Israeli bombardment, according to the main telecom provider. Limited services were restored on Sunday.

Netanyahu Says He Won’t Quit, Rules Out Cease-Fire (7:45 p.m.)

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed calls for his resignation over his handling of the Hamas attacks, and ruled out a cease-fire in the three-week-old conflict.

“The only thing I intend to have resign is Hamas,” Netanyahu said in a briefing for international media. The premier, who’s faced criticism over his unwillingness to accept responsibility for security lapses before and during the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas, also said that “calls for a cease-fire are calls for Israel to surrender to Hamas.”

Netanyahu defended his decision to escalate the Israeli offensive with a ground push into Gaza, which families of the more than 200 hostages held by Hamas have criticized for endangering their relatives. “We think this method stands a chance” of securing the release of the captives, he said.

UN Warns Israel-Hamas War Is Spreading to Syria (7:20 p.m.)

The conflict between Israel and Hamas is spilling into Syria, where the situation is now “at its most dangerous for a long time” after more than a decade of civil war, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, told the Security Council.

Israel has carried out air strikes inside Syria, while US bases there have also been targeted in attacks blamed on Iran-backed militias. “Spillover into Syria is not just a risk. It has already begun,” Pedersen said. “Fuel is being added to a tinderbox that was already beginning to ignite.”

US Forces and Allies Hit 23 Times in Mideast (6:55 p.m.)

US and alllied forces in the Middle East have been attacked by Iran-backed militias a total of 23 times since October 17, a senior US defense official told reporters Monday. Fourteen of those incidents took place in Iraq and nine in Syria, the official said, adding that the attacks have come from a mixture of one-way attack drones and rockets.

Most of the attacks failed to hit their targets, the official said, but they have prompted fears about a wider escalation of the Israel-Hamas war. Last week, the US conducted strikes on two facilities in Syria that the administration says are used by groups affiliated with Iranian forces.

Israel Says Female Soldier Freed in Ground Operation (6: 35 p.m.)

The Israeli military said it freed a female soldier who’d been held captive in Gaza. The soldier, who was rescued during ground operations in the territory, is in good medical condition and has met with her family, the army said.

Israel Promises More Aid as It Steps Up Attacks (5:30 p.m.)

Aid shipments to Gaza are set to pick up somewhat as Israel steps up its offensive, a senior Israeli official said. “We are expecting 100 trucks a day of aid starting tomorrow or Wednesday,” Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer said in a telephone interview. That’s about one-fifth of the pre-war level.

Dermer said that the next several days “should see the lowest number of civilian casualties of the war,” though he acknowledged that unanticipated events may affect the outlook. He also said Israel will continue to block supplies of fuel to Gaza out of concern it will fall into the hands of Hamas.

Hezbollah Says Attacks Several Sites; Israel Retaliates (5:01 p.m.)

Hezbollah said it fired guided missiles at an Israeli site near the border with Lebanon and attacked Israeli barracks, targeting equipment and achieving “direct hits,” the Iran-backed militant group’s Al Manar TV reported.

The Israeli army reported fire from Lebanon toward its military posts and responded with artillery and mortars at the source of the launches. Israel military reported no casualties from the attacks on its posts while Hezbollah announced in the morning that a member died.

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  • Craig A says:

    The bible says…… What a lot of BS. The bible says lots of things but you can find a passage to justify anything. He is just a profiteering war mongerer.

  • John Forbes says:

    The dearth of real information that has been released by the Israeli government, following the attacks on 7 October 2023 is astounding. There is a vast string of kibbutzim and settlements down the border with Gaza, which one assumes were all affected, given the fact that it took several days before the IDF army it had regained control, yet no detailed information is forthcoming. One can only assume that this would not suit the Netanyahu narrative. He would rather paint the picture that some of the most extreme and inhuman acts were perpetrated in all cases. This is while Netanyahu has been supporting the even greater extremists in his cabinet stepping up more illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank by moving the IDF into that area in defence of these settlers who harras the Palestinians.

  • John Forbes says:

    The dearth of real information that has been released by the Israeli government, following the attacks on 7 October 2023, is astounding. There is a vast string of kibbutzim and settlements down the length of the border with Gaza, which one assumes were all affected, given the fact that it took several days before the IDF had regained control, yet no detailed information is forthcoming.

    One can only assume that this would not suit the Netanyahu narrative. He would rather paint the picture that some of the most extreme and inhuman acts imaginable were perpetrated in all cases, and while the IDF was largely missing in action.

    This occurred while Netanyahu has been supporting the even greater extremists in his cabinet advocating more illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank, by moving the IDF into that area in defense of these illegal settlers who regularly harass the Palestinians, and while largely ignoring security on the Gaza border. A calamity waiting to happen despite receiving warnings that something was imminent!
    One wonders with the rescue/release of the female Israeli soldier yesterday, given the lack of any meaningful information, if all is exactly as claimed.

    This is an information war where lies from both sides proliferate.

  • Jan Malan says:

    I don’t think Israel’s attack is about revenge. This is more of a showcase of, you better think twice before you dare attacking us.

  • Paddy Ross says:

    There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as the US, which bankrolls Israel, allows Israel carte blanche to ignore the UN and to allow the fanatical Zionists to continue their creep with settlements in Paletinian territories. The US should threaten to stop funding Israel unless the Zionists stop this perpetual creep.

    • Enver Klein says:

      Not possible, Paddy. On October 3rd, 2001, Ariel Sharon publicly stated: ‘I want to tell you something very clear: “Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it”. ‘

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