On the 87th day of war in Israel, there has been some long-awaited good news.
While Hamas did fire off 20 rockets into Israel at midnight Sunday, the bulk of Hamas’ launching ability seems to have been neutralized. As such the Israeli government is about to authorize the return to homes in the south for some of the evacuees who have been living in hotels and other temporary quarters since the beginning of the war.
In addition, now that Isrel has successfully neutralized northern Gaza, the IDF is about to release two brigades of soldiers and will permit them to return home later this week. Clearly their return will be a welcome sight to their families and loved ones who have worried for their safety these past three months.
On the northern border with Lebanon, cross border action continues with sirens heard earlier today in Metulla, the Upper Galilee, and surrounding areas.
Regarding the release of hostages, senior members of the Hamas leadership are in Cairo today for talks with the Egyptians about a new pause in the fighting.
Israel continued pressing its Gaza offensive in the new year, killing a Hamas commander in an air strike and pounding more of the terror group’s infrastructure, the IDF said on earlier today. An Air Force fighter jet directed by ground forces killed Adel Mesmah, the commander of the Najaba company of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza. Masmah commanded the terrorists of this company who attacked Kibbutz Be’eri and Kibbutz Nirim on October 7, where a combined 135 Israelis were massacred. After Israel invaded Gaza, Masmeh continued to lead attacks against Israeli forces.
In northern Gaza’s Shejaiya district, Israeli forces raided a command-and-control center used by both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The forces also discovered many weapons inside a mosque. Ground forces also directed air strikes on a Hamas squad near Khan Yunis launching rockets, and against terrorists who fired a mortar at soldiers. The terrorists in both strikes were eliminated.
Happy, for a change, to offer some hopeful news for the future as we begin 2024. May we see more of that.