TEL AVIV —- In the midst of a six-week long conflict between Israel and Hamas, the two sides have agreed to a temporary ceasefire with the approval of the Israeli government on Wednesday. The deal includes the release of 50 women and children held by Hamas, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that this is not the end of the war. He stated that their goal is to eliminate Hamas, free all hostages, and ensure that no threat remains in Gaza. The ceasefire will also allow for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, which has been heavily bombarded during the conflict. While it is unclear when the ceasefire will officially begin, the hostages are expected to be released starting on Thursday.
Additionally, for every 10 hostages released, Israel has agreed to extend the ceasefire by an additional day. In response to the truce, Hamas has announced that 150 Palestinians will be released from Israeli jails. This marks a significant step towards de-escalating the tension and violence between these two sides, but it remains to be seen if it will lead to a more lasting peace agreement.