Decision Left To Hamas On How Long War Was Paused for Some Time

The temporary ceasefire in Gaza came to an abrupt end last Friday after Hamas fired a rocket toward Israel an hour before the deadline for the truce was set to expire, CBS News reported.

The negotiated 4-day ceasefire initially began on Friday, November 24, and was expected to end on the morning of Tuesday, November 28. Israel and Hamas agreed to extend the truce until Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 a.m. local time. The truce was then extended for another day and set to expire at 7:00 a.m. on December 1.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces, it resumed combat in Gaza on December 1 after Hamas violated the conditions of the ceasefire agreement.

An hour before last Friday’s deadline, the IDF reported that a rocket from Gaza was detected by its missile defense system and intercepted. Posting a statement on X, the IDF said the rocket fired toward Israel “violated the operational pause,” and the Israeli military’s combat operations had resumed in Gaza.

While appearing on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, White House national security spokesman John Kirby said the US is working intensely to persuade Israel and Hamas to resume negotiations to pause hostilities again to allow for more time to release Israeli hostages in exchange for Hamas prisoners.

Kirby made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows where he reiterated that Hamas was responsible for the current breakdown in negotiations and said the terror group failed to live up to the terms of the original ceasefire agreement, the New York Times reported.

During the 7-day ceasefire, more than 100 hostages, all of them women and children, were released by Hamas. In exchange, Israel released around 2 Hamas prisoners for every hostage released from Gaza. Ultimately, over 240 Hamas prisoners were freed from prison as part of the deal.