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Ehud Barak agreed to give up part of Temple Mount, Old City
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The then-prime minister offered the concessions in 2000, Israel State Archives reveal.
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The Barak administration agreed to give up part of Israel's sovereignty in the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in December 2000, according to an official response to a Clinton administration proposal published for the first time by the Israel State Archives on Sunday.

Israel agreed to relinquish its sovereignty over the area of ​​the mosques on the Temple Mount, Ynet reported.

Among the comments written in Hebrew in the margins of the Clinton administration proposal: "de facto division of sovereignty on the Temple Mount."

Israel demanded continued sovereignty over the Western Wall, the Western Wall tunnel, the Makhkame building overlooking the Temple Mount, the Siloam Tunnel (aka Hezekiah's Tunnel), the City of David and the Mount of Olives.

Israel expressed reservations regarding the U.S. suggestion to give the Old City's Armenian Quarter to the Palestinians, saying, "Armenians aren't Arabs."

Israel suggested instead that "everything from the Jaffa Gate straight and to the left [the Christian and Muslim quarters] will be Palestinian, and everything to the right [the Jewish and Armenian quarters] will be Israeli."

Israel demanded to keep 80% of the Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria under Israeli sovereignty, which amounted to retaining only 8% of the area. It also agreed to retain no more than 2% of the Gaza Strip, Ynet reported.

Israel failed to receive a favorable response to a number of its requests, the document shows.

Israel expressed concerns that the "Palestinian recognition of the Jewish narrative regarding the Temple Mount was not accepted."

Israel gave up its demand that Palestinian sovereignty in Arab-majority neighborhoods would be limited to the neighborhoods adjacent to the Old City.

Its demand that Palestinian sovereignty in the Jordan Valley be postponed until the end of the final-status negotiations was described as having "no chance" of being accepted.

Furthermore, Israel's demand that an international force be deployed only along the Jordan Valley and the Gaza border with Egypt was not accepted. The U.S. proposal was that the force would also be deployed on the border between the Palestinian state and the State of Israel.

President Bill Clinton's negotiators also didn't accept Israel's proposal that Hebron, Rachel's Tomb outside Bethlehem, Joseph's Tomb in Nablus and other holy places would remain under its sovereignty.

The document, an official Israeli response to Clinton's ideas, is part of the archival file of the late Noah Kinarti, who was an adviser to the minister of defense for settlement matters and a member of Israel's negotiating team.

The document includes an English language letter sent in January 2001 by Prime Minister Ehud Barak's Chief of Staff Gilead Sher to Clinton's National Security Adviser Sandy Berger.

In the letter, Sher said that Israel views the outlines as “a basis for discussion, provided that they remain, as they are, a basis for discussion acceptable to the Palestinians.

“Israel will request a number of clarifications concerning matters of vital interest to Israel,” Sher added.

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Mindy Levine, director of the Yankees Universe Fund and wife of New York Yankees baseball team president Randy Levine, visited United Hatzalah’s headquarters in Jerusalem on Nov. 30 as part of a solidarity trip to Israel in the aftermath of the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas terrorists.

The goal was to announce the couple’s support for the organization.

The visit occurred just two hours after a terror attack at the entrance to Jerusalem a few hundred meters away.

Levine met with the president and founder of the organization, Eli Beer, as well as volunteers who arrived first at the scene to treat the wounded.

Levine embraces Eli Beer, founder and president of United Hatzalah, at the emergency service organization's headquarters in Jerusalem. Credit: United Hatzalah.

She noted: “We are in Jerusalem, in the middle of a war, just a few moments after a terror attack that just occurred, and you were first on the scene, and thankfully, you saved lives again.”

She elaborated further, saying “what means the most to us is that you save lives and respond to emergencies regardless of race, religion, nationality or political affiliation. A life is a life, and United Hatzalah recognizes it. That is one of the many reasons why we support you. We salute you and all the work you’re doing.”

Levine received an overview of United Hatzalah’s lifesaving activities and met with volunteer EMTs from across the spectrum of Israel’s population: Jews, Muslims and Christians. She toured the organization’s state-of-the-art command and dispatch center. She witnessed how technology allows United Hatzalah to dispatch 7,000 volunteers to anyone in need of medical assistance with an average response time of less than three minutes.

The visit ended with Levine distributing baseball hats to the volunteers—made especially for the occasion—featuring an Israeli flag, the United Hatzalah logo and the logo of the Yankees.

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The Israel Defense Forces over the past 24 hours penetrated the heart of the southern Gaza Strip as forces fought to take control of key neighborhoods, including Khan Yunis, Jabalia and Shuja'iyya.

"We are in the heart of Jabalia, the heart of Shuja'iyya, and as of last night, the heart of Khan Yunis," IDF Southern Command head Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman announced on Tuesday afternoon.

"We are in the most intense day since the start of the maneuver—in terms of the number of killed terrorists, the number of battles, and the volume of fire brought to bear by ground and air forces," he added.

Israeli forces were targeting Hamas strongholds and destroying terror infrastructure after completing the encirclement of the Jabalia camp in the north of the Strip, the IDF said earlier on Tuesday.

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The IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) conducted a targeted raid on a Hamas Internal Security Force command and control center in Jabalia, locating observation and control materials, weapons and maps.

On Monday, troops struck buildings used by Hamas's elite "Nukhba" unit, which led the Oct. 7 massacre in southern Israel. Soldiers also killed Hamas terrorists and destroyed rockets found in the garden of a private residence in the northern Strip.

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The Israeli Navy also struck "dozens" of terror targets, including compounds from which terrorists fired mortar shells at Israeli forces.

Israeli artillery and airstrikes continued throughout the Gaza Strip and especially in the southern city of Khan Yunis overnight Monday, where troops were closing in on the Hamas stronghold, according to reports.

5 more fallen soldiers named

The IDF on Tuesday published the names of five more soldiers killed in action in the Gaza Strip after notifying their families. Four of them are from the 188th Armored Brigade's 53rd Battalion:

Staff Sgt. Tuval Yaakov Tsanani, 20, from Kiryat Gat; Sgt. Yakir Yedidya Schenkolewski, 21, from Migdal Oz; Cpt. Eitan Fisch, 23, from Peduel; and Cpt. Yahel Gazit, 24, from Rakefet.

Maj. (res.) Gil Daniels, 34, from Ashdod, a soldier in the reconnaissance company of the 261st Brigade's 6261st Battalion, was also killed in battle in the Gaza Strip.

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At least 90 IDF soldiers have been killed in action in Gaza, at the Lebanon border and in Judea and Samaria since the start of the IDF ground operation in Gaza on Oct. 27; 406 Israeli soldiers have died since the war started on Oct. 7.

Israel rejects U.N. official’s claim

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus claimed on Tuesday that the WHO had received instructions from the IDF to “remove our supplies from our medical warehouse in southern Gaza within 24 hours, as ground operations will put it beyond use.”

Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories repudiated the claim.

“The truth is that we didn’t ask you to evacuate the warehouses and we also made it clear (and in writing) to the relevant UN representatives,” it stated.

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COGAT also criticized Ghebreyesus directly, tweeting, “[A] UN official we would expect, at least, to be more accurate.”

COGAT also reported that even as the fighting continues, another 180 humanitarian aid trucks were dispatched to the international aid organizations operating in Gaza through the Rafah crossing from Egypt. The humanitarian aid trucks carried food, water, shelter equipment, and medical supplies.

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The publisher Andrea Jarach and psychologist Silvia Vegetti Finzi, both of whom are Jewish, and the Gariwo (Gardens of the Righteous) Foundation, which is chaired the Jewish journalist Gabriele Nissim, are among the recipients of prestigious Ambrogino awards, which the municipality of Milan, Italy bestows.

The honor is named for the city’s fourth-century patron saint Ambrose and is bestowed on people and organizations that have made significant contributions in culture, art, science, charity and other areas. The fashion designer Giorgio Armani and Queen Rania of Jordan received the award in previous years.

The nonprofit, which raises awareness of those who have sought to prevent genocide and defend human rights in extreme situations, will receive a certificate of civic merit.

A publisher and entrepreneur who is active in Milan’s Jewish community, Jarach told Bet Magazine that the city council was sending a “strong signal” by shortlisting an “active Zionist Jew.”

Finzi, born to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother in 1938, published a 2016 memoir A Little Girl Without a Star, detailing her memories of the Nazi occupation of Italy from 1943 to 1945. At that time, thousands of Italian Jews, or Italians with at least one Jewish parent or at least three Jewish grandparents, were rounded up and deported to concentration camps.

The author is known for her work on psychoanalysis and pedagogy. She dedicated the award to the women’s movement, in which she is an active participant. Finzi noted that she doesn’t agree with “the silence on the Israeli women victims of Oct. 7, an atrocity that will forever be written in the book of memory.”

The Ambrogino d’Oro awards ceremony will take place on Dec. 7, the Roman Catholic feast day of Saint Ambrose.

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Hamas drugged the hostages who were released during the ceasefire so that they would "look happy" during the transfer to the Red Cross in Gaza, according to Israel's Health Ministry.

The captives were tranquilized as part of the terrorist group's propaganda to make it seem like they were treated well after suffering more than 50 days of physical and psychological abuse, ministry officials told lawmakers at a hearing of the Knesset Health Committee on Tuesday.

Dr. Hagar Mizrahi, head of the Health Ministry’s medical division, said the hostages were administered Clonazepam, a mood-enhancing drug used to treat seizures and panic disorders. It is known as Clonex in Israel and sold under the brand names Klonopin and Rivotril elsewhere.

Normally administered orally, the drug has a calming effect on the nervous system. Side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, impaired coordination and fatigue.

Long-term use or misuse of the medication can lead to dependency, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.

Mizrahi did not indicate whether this was based on blood tests, testimonies of the hostages or both.

The abductees were also given a larger meal before returning to Israel. Hospitals reported severe weight loss in many of the freed hostages, indicating starvation-like conditions.

Hamas documented the releases for propaganda purposes, which showed some of the hostages appearing friendly or in a positive mood.

Shir Siegel, whose mother, Aviva, was freed but whose father, Keith, remains captive, also spoke to the committee.

"My mother came back with testimonies that I can't hear. I can't hear her talking about the fact that they were handcuffed, that they were abused. There were rumors that the conditions are fine—they are not given food and water. For us to speak, there is a Holocaust three hours' drive from here," Siegel said.

Heath Committee Chairman Yonatan Mishraki (Shas) ordered the Health Ministry to publish a detailed report about the drugging and other medical conditions of the released hostages and to send them to other health organizations around the world.

Eighty-one Israelis were freed in exchange for terrorists held in Israeli prisons during the truce. Hamas also released 23 Thais and one Filipino.

Hamas currently holds 137 men, women and children in Gaza.

At least 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on Oct. 7. Some people remain unaccounted for as Israeli authorities continue to identify bodies and search for human remains.

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Palestinian leadership must have a better inducement for Israel to come to the negotiating table than rape, mutilation, kidnapping, stabbings and missile attacks. The Palestinian people must be willing to accept two fundamental facts: 1) it is not possible to turn the clock back to June 4, 1967; and 2) it is a futile crusade to try and destroy Israel. For a state of war to be replaced by a state of peace, a state of acceptance must replace a state of rejection.

Before Israel can feel secure enough to cede more control over any of the land it captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, Hamas must be destroyed; the threat posed by Iran and its proxies will have to be neutralized; and the West Bank will have to be de-terrorized. Once Israel considers these conditions satisfied, then it will have to take calculated risks and help build a viable Palestinian state with a democratically elected Palestinian government rooted in reality, and that is focused on the construction of an open above-ground civilian society. This future Palestinian government must strive to co-exist and co-prosper with Israel. These prerequisites and conditions may take years to accomplish.

In the meantime, as a show of good faith, Israel should stop building new settlements in the West Bank so the few voices of moderation can become more influential and begin to lead. Enough settlements already, Dayenu! Two states require that two mindsets of compromise supplant two mindsets of xenophobia.

The current trajectory of the Israel-Palestinian conflict may lead to a no-state solution before a two-state solution, as the weapons available to both Israel and its enemies become massively more destructive and plentiful. Iran could be only weeks away from having nuclear bombs (Iran Watch).

See this excerpt from the speech that Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas made to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 21:

Despite this painful reality and 30 years after the Oslo Accords, which Israel has totally discarded, we still maintain hope that your esteemed organization will implement its resolutions demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of our territory and realizing the independence of the fully sovereign state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital on the borders of the fourth of June 1967 as well as resolving the issue of Palestinian refugees in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy, especially General Assembly Resolution 194 and the relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, all of which affirm the illegality of the Israeli occupation, and its settlements—in particular resolution 2334 and the Arab Peace Initiative.”

Both Resolution 2334 and the Arab Peace Initiative make such onerous and unrealistic demands on Israel’s security given that Iranian terror is now so deeply embedded in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon, and its intent to destroy Israel is crystal clear.

Here is what the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative expects of Israel in return for peace with the Arab States:

Complete withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the 4 June 1967 line and the territories still occupied in southern Lebanon.

  1. Complete withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the 4 June 1967 line and the territories still occupied in southern Lebanon.
  2. Attain a just solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees to be agreed upon in accordance with the U.N. General Assembly Resolution No. 194.
  3. Accept the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since 4 June 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Before a “two-state solution” is possible, a state of reality must replace a state of delusion.

General Assembly Resolution 194 states: “Refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”

Recent polls indicate that a significant majority of Palestinians view Hamas positively and support the Oct. 7 mass murders. This is a fair indication that Palestinians would not be willing “to live in peace with their neighbours.”

Resolution 194 refers to compensation in lieu of return. It’s time to settle the questions of Palestinian refugees with monetary compensation since it is abundantly clear to anyone who is analytical and realistic that the return of refugees from the wars of 1948 and 1967 is never going to happen. Settling the refugee issue with monetary compensation will liberate the refugees from their U.N. patrons and enable Palestinians to have a realistic path forward to freedom and prosperity.

If the leaders of the Palestinian people do not cease for a moment to pursue their eternal quest to delegitimize and destroy the idea of Zionism and the State of Israel, then there will be no possible credible advancement towards a geographical two-state arrangement. As long as the Palestinian leaders keep peddling unrealistic promises such as the “right of return” and national borders based on the armistice of 1949, the “two-state solution” will be no more than a pipe dream as ephemeral as a cloud of smoke from a hookah.

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Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday accused Israel of the "systematic and deliberate" killing of Palestinian civilians.

At the same time, he claimed to be working to restore the collapsed hostages-for-ceasefire deal between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group in Gaza.

"It is shameful for the international community to allow this heinous crime to continue for nearly two months, during which the systematic and deliberate killing of innocent civilians continues, including women and children," Qatar's ruler told Gulf leaders gathered in Doha.

"We are constantly working to renew [the truce] and to alleviate the burden of our people in the Gaza Strip, but truces are not an alternative for a comprehensive ceasefire," added Sheikh Tamim.

The Prime Minister's Office and Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem did not immediately offer comment, with one official noting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to address the media on Tuesday evening.

The IDF resumed combat operations in Gaza on Friday morning after Hamas broke a week-long truce brokered by Egypt and Qatar by firing rockets at the Jewish state.

Mossad officials negotiating the potential renewal of the ceasefire deal left Qatar the next day.

"Due to the impasse in negotiations and following instructions from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mossad chief David Barnea ordered his team in Doha to return to Israel," according to a statement released by the premier's office on behalf of the intelligence agency.

"The Hamas terror group did not fulfill its obligations under the agreement, including releasing all the women and children in accordance with a list provided to Hamas and approved by it," the statement added.

Hamas terrorists killed at least 1,200 people during their Oct. 7 attack on Israeli communities near the Gaza border, including many women and children. Some 240 hostages of all ages were also captured and taken back to the Palestinian enclave.

According to the latest numbers, 137 remain in captivity. Of those, 20 are women and 117 are men. They include 126 Israelis and 11 foreigners.

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Former Prime Minister Golda Meir once said, “I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.”

Never has this been truer than in Israel’s current war to destroy Hamas.

For many years, a figurative diplomatic clock was set for Israel every time it launched a defensive military operation.

This clock is not brought out for any other conflict in the world. It simply does not exist except in the imagination of Israel’s foreign interlocutors, who try to burn it into the psyches of the Jewish state’s decision-makers.

As a result, the clock has become an ever-present part of Israel’s wars, almost as much as the ingenious deconstruction of the concept of “proportionately,” which is used as a weapon against Israel to ensure that it fights with one-and-a-half hands tied behind its back.

But the diplomatic clock is a fraud, and Israel’s leaders must see through it.

There can be no specific time limitations on responding to the murder, rape and butchery of 1,200 people, the wounding of thousands of others and the vicious kidnapping and humiliation of 240 Israelis and foreigners.

There is no precedent for such crimes. Thus, there can be no time limit set on how long it takes for Israel to ensure that it never happens again.

Israel’s wars are not fought halfway around the world. They are fought on our borders, mere meters from our homes, towns and cities.

The war on the Jewish state launched on Oct. 7 broke something that needs fixing, regardless of how long it takes.

Unfortunately, as we know, the diplomatic clock is very much brought to meetings with foreign leaders, who are eager to end the war before Israel’s goals have been achieved.

According to a leaked readout from a recent Israeli war cabinet meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Blinken placed a very firm proverbial stopwatch on the table in front of his Israeli counterparts.

During the meeting, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said, “The entire Israeli society is united behind the goal of dismantling Hamas, even if it takes months.”

Blinken reportedly replied, “I don’t think you have the credit for that.”

One would think that Israel’s closest ally, which knows how Israel has suffered, watched the horror movie chronicling the massacre and heard Hamas say that Oct. 7 was just a “dress rehearsal,” would be more attuned and sensitive to the Jewish state’s needs.

My expectation is that Israel will ignore Blinken and many others who demand that Israel speed up the war, because speeding up means many more Israeli soldiers will be killed.

The IDF has been very successful thus far in taking its time in conquering territory and flushing out Hamas terrorists. It sends in the air force first and deploys ground forces only when absolutely necessary. Speeding up this process will mean making mistakes and forcing Israel to send in its soldiers without the advantage.

No Israeli leader can or should be doing anything but putting our war aims and the safety of our soldiers first. These go hand in hand, and while the process might be trying for some foreign leaders, Israel has experienced enough bloodshed and loss already.

Israeli leaders must say firmly and confidently that the only clock that matters is the one that stops when Israel achieves victory. Not a minute before. Israel must say very clearly to the world that it governs the clock; it is not governed by the clock. This must be said now, not when the pressure mounts.

Those who claim to be Israel’s allies must help, not hinder Israel’s effort to win this war. They must dispense with their obsession with time; but if they do not, it is the responsibility of Israel’s leaders to silence the clock themselves.

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It is common to think that despite the extensive political, religious and cultural differences between different identity groups in Israel, on really important matters—such as survival in the face of enemy attack—they can all come together. Indeed, it seemed that this was illustrated by the total mobilization of Israeli society after the Oct. 7 Hamas massacre.

Yet recent days have shown that this is not entirely true. There is one very important matter that has not enjoyed total consensus: The hostages being held in Gaza by Hamas. While the media and most of the public seemed to endorse the now-defunct “truce” between Israel and Hamas, as well as the following exchange of terrorists in Israeli prisons for Israeli hostages, some have sounded a note of dissent.

This dissent has mostly come from the religious right and has, in some cases, involved outright opposition to the truce and exchange. National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir denounced them, while Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich and Minister of Settlements and National Missions Orit Strook expressed deep reservations but were eventually “won over” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rabbinic statements have been made against the deal. Participants in the vigils led the hostages’ families have noted the absence of religious people.

Why does only one sector dissent from what appears to be the consensus view of the rest of Israeli society?

The answer probably lies in differing views of Jewish nationalism and the social contract between the individual and the body politic.

Enlightenment philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau held that a person joins with other individuals to form a state in order to regulate and adjudicate their social relations because, in a state of nature, a lone person is exposed to loss of life, liberty and property via such things as murder, theft and enslavement.

In the Israeli version of this view, the individual knows that, in order to flourish, they must be part of the collective, which often means the state. At the same time, the individual expects that, in exchange for mobilizing for the collective good, the state will ensure the flourishing of the individual.

The Religious Zionist community has a different vision of Jewish nationalism and the state. It endorses integral and organic nationalism. The very being of the individual is held to derive from the collective, understood as an organic whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Since the individual derives their very existence from the nation, it is expected that the individual will subordinate their interests to those of the nation. This is likely why the self-sacrifice of religious soldiers in the current conflict has been notable.

These two different readings of nationalism are not exclusive to Israel. They have also characterized the history of France, Germany, Poland and many other countries.

The truce and hostage exchange pitted the interests of the individual against those of the collective. They permitted Hamas to reorganize and regroup, and it stands to reason that the just-resumed fighting will be harder and more dangerous for Israeli troops as a result. The release of Palestinian terrorists is also clearly not in the collective interest. Nevertheless, the hostages and their families can make the claim that, as citizens, the State of Israel has a duty to serve them as individuals.

Thus, a philosophical debate with roots in the 17th century has enormous impact on Israeli policy in the 21st century, and on the lives of Israeli citizens, soldiers and hostages.

We must bear two things in mind: First, empathy should not be impinged upon. Religious people, and especially rabbis and other religious leaders, should feel empathy for the hostages and their families even if they disagree with particular policy decisions. Such empathy and emotional support should not be construed as support for policies that religious people do not endorse.

Second, even though I have presented two alternative views of nationalism and the body politic, they should not be understood as a binary but rather as a continuum. Religious Jews are more collectivist and secular Israelis more individualist, but it is not either/or, one or the other. Every policy dilemma on these issues should be judged on a case-by-case basis. Philosophical differences may affect Israeli solidarity, but should not be allowed to rip it apart.

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For the first time since its establishment in 2005, the Israel Defense Forces Kfir Infantry Brigade is operating in the Gaza Strip, and its troops have already located and destroyed more than 30 tunnel shafts.

Kfir soldiers also directed dozens of airstrikes and about 100 artillery strikes on Hamas targets in northern Gaza, and are fighting in close quarters with Hamas terror squads.

The Kfir Brigade's primary mission is to conduct a wide range of combat operations, including counter-insurgency, counterterrorism and conventional warfare. The brigade is trained and equipped to operate in various terrains such as urban areas, rural landscapes and mountainous regions, reflecting the diverse and complex nature of conflicts Israel faces.

“The brigade has located and destroyed more than 30 shafts until now in cooperation with other units. The cooperation with the air force is close and is very significant for operational success,” said the brigade’s commander, Col. Yaniv Barot. “In every day of battle, we learn, improve and refine our capabilities and we will continue to do so.”

The brigade is made up of five battalions frequently involved in counter-terror operations in Arab cities and refugee camps across Judea and Samaria. Since Oct. 7, Israeli security forces have arrested approximately 2,100 Palestinian terrorists there, of whom 1,100 are associated with Hamas.

Also on Monday, the IDF announced a new humanitarian corridor in the southern Gaza Strip and warned Palestinians to avoid certain areas due to heavy fighting, as part of Israel’s ongoing efforts to minimize civilian casualties.

“The IDF will allow humanitarian movement of civilians through a bypass axis located west of Khan Yunis,” said Lt. Col. Avichai Adree, the IDF spokesman to the Arab media.

Adree tweeted a map warning Palestinians against remaining in specific areas north and east of the city.

https://twitter.com/AvichayAdraee/status/1731977920514556004

The IDF continued to expand ground operations in Gaza on Monday, including extensive activity near Rafah and Khan Yunis in the southern Strip and in the Shejaiya and Tuffah neighborhoods in Gaza City.

At least 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on Oct. 7. Another approximately 240 men, women and children were abducted to Gaza as hostages. Some people remain unaccounted for as Israeli authorities continue to identify bodies and search for human remains.

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