Sherwin Pomerantz

The 184th Day of War in Israel

As we enter the seventh month of fighting in Gaza, Israel has lost 260 soldiers in battle. Since October 7th, more than 600 soldiers and security personal have been killed. On October 7th, more than 1,250 Israelis were murdered by Hamas terrorists, and over 250 were taken prisoner. 134 hostages, many presumed no longer alive, remain captive in Gaza.

Israeli negotiators were pulled back from the hostage and ceasefire talks after Hamas’ Politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh said that the talks were at a dead end. He would not budge from his demands that Israel immediately call a ceasefire and leave Gaza. However, on Friday, Ynet news reported that Mossad head David Barnea would head back to Cairo to meet with CIA director Birns today, Sunday, to try to restart the talks. Our understanding is that Hamas is also sending a delegation.

According the Ynetnews, the US has told Israel that Israel’s plan to evacuate Gazans from Rafah is not feasible. In a virtual meeting between Jake Sullivan, Anthony Blinken, Tzachi Hanegbi and Ron Dermer, it was made clear to the Israelis that they and the US were on ‘completely different pages.’ The Times of Israel reported that Dermer lost his temper and began shouting at Blinken and Sullivan.

Reportedly, the US says the plan was incomplete. There was no comprehensive outline of how to move nearly a 1.5 million Gazans, nor who was going to provide the tents for them, or the water, and food and take care of the sewage.

Let us hope that the meeting in Cairo to continue dialogue about freeing the hostages will bear fruit so that those still alive may return to their loved ones.

About the Author
Sherwin Pomerantz is a native New Yorker, who lived and worked in Chicago for 20 years before coming to Israel in 1984. An industrial engineer with advanced degrees in mechanical engineering and business, he is President of Atid EDI Ltd., a 32 year old Jerusalem-based economic development consulting firm which, among other things, represents the regional trade and investment interests of a number of US states, regional entities and Invest Hong Kong. A past national president of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel, he is also Former Chairperson of the Board of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and a Board Member of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce. His articles have appeared in various publications in Israel and the US.
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