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Why does Israel not agree to a permanent ceasefire with Hamas in order to return hostages with the intention of breaking the ceasefire later?

Israel is not simply negotiating with a terrorist organization, it is negotiating with a political organization that controls the Gaza Strip. Every single one of its allies supports Israel with the ...
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How many hostages has Israel freed through direct military operations (rather than negotiations) after Oct. 7?

As of 12/2/2024, the answer is 3: Ori Megidish was freed from northern Gaza in 31/10/2023. Fernando Simon Marman and Louis Har were freed from Rafah in 12/2/2024.
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Does Hamas have any leverage against Israel (other than the hostages)?

Rising Palestinian casualties The obvious leverage that Hamas has is the suffering of the Palestinian civilians combined with the mediatization of the conflict. As of this moment Wikipedia cites the ...
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Why does Israel not agree to a permanent ceasefire with Hamas in order to return hostages with the intention of breaking the ceasefire later?

IDK if there's any public discussion about this involving Israeli officials, but while ceasefires are sometimes broken, this is presumably not the last time that Israel expects some of their citizens ...
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Were any humanitarian organisations involved in trying to recover the Israeli pilot, Ron Arad

It is typical for humanitarian organizations, notably Red Cross, to serve as an intermediary in such situations - when the sides do not have diplomatic relationships or even do not recognize each ...
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Is mutilation, sexual assault and kidnappings of minors a part of Hamas' ideology or do they oppose it?

Hamas denial Hamas has repeatedly denied that they have committed any sexual violence or violence against civilians on October 7. E.g., according to Egyptian Mada Masr: Although Israel’s social ...
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Is mutilation, sexual assault and kidnappings of minors a part of Hamas' ideology or do they oppose it?

Obviously, anything said will be speculation until we get direct evidence of Hamas' plans, but there are a few general points that can be made: Sexual assault has been a side effect of warfare ...
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IDF soldiers killed the third hostage. Does the Israeli government have any specific explanation or solution for this?

Israeli Defense Forces acknowledged that the killing of the three hostages was in violation of the rules of engagement: The IDF soldiers who mistakenly killed three Israeli hostages in Gaza on Friday ...
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Does Hamas have any leverage against Israel (other than the hostages)?

leverage [...] to negotiate something The answer to this question is going to depend on what that something is. Thus far Israel says is only willing to accept outright surrender [or death] of Hamas ...
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Why does Israel not agree to a permanent ceasefire with Hamas in order to return hostages with the intention of breaking the ceasefire later?

Israel rejected Hamas's requests and made an offer of their own, so there's negotiation, at least formally. https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/hamas-says-israeli-proposal-fails-to-meet-palestinian-demands%...
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IDF soldiers killed the third hostage. Does the Israeli government have any specific explanation or solution for this?

Daniel Hagari (IDF spokesperson, as quoted by CNN): This is a mistake and a malfunction. IDF website: Chief of the General Staff's Statement Regarding the Incident in Which 3 Hostages were ...
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Does Hamas have any leverage against Israel (other than the hostages)?

In order to answer, first let us clearly establish what leverage is: leverage is some action that Hamas can offer Israel in exchange for prolonging the ceasefire or other benefits. I fail to see how ...
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Why does Israel not agree to a permanent ceasefire with Hamas in order to return hostages with the intention of breaking the ceasefire later?

Pros and cons of removing Hamas This makes sense at one level: it seems understandable to me that Israel, having made the decision to eliminate Hamas as a force that threatens the security of its ...
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Why does Israel not agree to a permanent ceasefire with Hamas in order to return hostages with the intention of breaking the ceasefire later?

It may be that going back on its agreement may make it difficult for Israel to reach deals with terrorist organizations in future hostage release negotiations. However, one would hope that Israel will ...
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Is mutilation, sexual assault and kidnappings of minors a part of Hamas' ideology or do they oppose it?

TLDR: Probably neither, but they certainly don't strongly oppose it. It would be very difficult to determine if Hamas terrorists participating in the 2023-10-7 raid were given specific instructions to ...
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Is mutilation, sexual assault and kidnappings of minors a part of Hamas' ideology or do they oppose it?

Hamas represents itself as highly Islamic, hence I assume Islamic values should be default for them. And, very unfortunately (and to my surprise), Islam permits rape of civilian women by soldiers of ...
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