Today is the final day of the Middle East pause in fighting

November 27 – The last few days saw a pause in the fighting in the Middle East, including the release of a number of hostages. 

There was also some humanitarian aid sent as well. 

Fifty-eight hostages were freed from Hamas under a ceasefire deal over the past three days. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “Now we’re hearing the details of captivity for some of these hostages: plastic chairs as beds, meals of bread and rice hours spent waiting for the bathroom.” 

One American child was also released as a hostage yesterday. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “So that was some other good news. The release, the swap of these people has largely been successful. More of that will happen today. Israel is also releasing about 150 Palestinian prisoners. That’s part of this deal, but it will stop today. Presumably, the effort to retake Gaza will begin tomorrow again by the Israeli Defense Forces.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently in Gaza looking at some of these areas, along with, of all people, Elon Musk. 

Barkdoll said, “Which I do not understand at all, but Musk is there on the ground with Netanyahu. They’re surveying the situation. So it’ll be interesting to see once this now starts up again tomorrow, will there then be another ceasefire in a few weeks? Because even though these hostages have been released, at least some of them, remember there are still a lot of hostages that are not being released, that Gaza, Hamas, they’re using as a negotiating tool going forward. So it’ll be interesting to see what happens with all of this.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “I actually heard a Democratic legislator praising Biden and his wisdom when it comes to foreign affairs and getting hostages released. Well wait a minute, it’s not the United States making these negotiations. It was Qatar, which made most of the inroads on that. He kept mentioning the Abraham Accords, which preceded October 7, because we were doing that again, it’s like, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, if you would have done it two years ago when you came into office instead of having to not do or delete anything that President Trump was connected with, they wouldn’t have had two years to practice this attack and make this attack. Plus all the money that was given to Iran, and not really using the sanctions against them to the fullest extent. To say Biden’s wisdom when his actions actually led to this whole situation, I find really interesting.”

Barkdoll said, “It’s not clear what Biden’s role, if any, was in this. Netanyahu is the one praising Biden. He’s saying that Biden had a hand in these negotiations and that Biden helped increase the number of people being released. But in other reports you read, it sounds like other countries may have had a more active role, leaders of other countries, in actually negotiating these terms. So hard to say what that has actually looked like.”

Netanyahu has more than an 80% disapproval rating in the country. 

Barkdoll said, “The Israelis on the ground in Israel, they are blaming this intelligence failure on him. There’s no doubt there’s a lot of blame to go around though in this because it looks like there were signals at least for the last two years, where there should have been indications that Hamas was planning something like they did. No one picked it up. No one did anything about it. Now, here we are.”

Jansen said, “I question whether or not yet Netanyahu would have been in the bad shape if they had moved forward with the Abrahamic Accords, just picked up where the Trump administration left off. I mean, that probably would have kept Netanyahu from getting into the kind of trouble he got into the last two years. Because if that could have happened, the accolades for getting that done, the more security in that whole area of the world would be, we would be in a very different place right now, if they had just moved forward with that.”

Barkdoll agreed, “It’s a fair point. Netanyahu has been just almost a singular focus on dismantling their Supreme Court, retaliating against what he perceives as his political enemies. That’s what the citizens are blaming. They’re saying he took his eye off the ball with all of these personal vendettas that he’s been pursuing. Politically, he’s surviving this thus far, but there is a lot of reporting in the Middle East that there’s just no way he’s going to be able to stay in office as the prime minister because he just has no public support.”