Israeli families are divided over whether to prioritize defeating Hamas or securing the release of hostages
Why it matters
The division within Israeli families over the approach to the Hamas hostage crisis highlights the complex and emotionally charged nature of the situation, impacting the country's security and the lives of the hostages.
What the papers say
The Independent and New York Times highlight the families advocating for prioritizing defeating Hamas, while AP News and The Times of Israel focus on the families urging the government to secure the release of the hostages first.
How we got here
The war in Gaza has been ongoing for several months, leading to the abduction of numerous civilians and soldiers by Hamas.
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Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician serving as Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, and previously from 1996 to 1999. Netanyahu is also the Chairman of the Likud – National Liberal Movement.
Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist militant organization. It has a social service wing, Dawah, and a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Israel, formally known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.
The Associated Press is an American not-for-profit news agency headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1846, it operates as a cooperative, unincorporated association. Its members are U.S. newspapers and broadcasters.