Good Evening. Israel will not agree to any temporary ceasefire with Hamas until it frees the hundreds of hostages it is holding captive in Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

Irish PM Leo Varadkar has accused Israel of “something approaching revenge” as he criticised the country’s response to the Hamas terror attacks.

Netanyahu says no ceasefire with Hamas until hostages freed

Israel will not agree to any temporary ceasefire with Hamas until it frees the hundreds of hostages it is holding captive in Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

“Israel refuses a temporary ceasefire that does not include the return of our hostages,” the Israeli prime minister said during a televised address.

His remarks came after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had urged Israel on Friday to allow for humanitarian pauses in the war to facilitate the release of hostages and allow greater aid to flow into Gaza.

Irish PM says Israel’s actions in Gaza resemble ‘something approaching revenge’

Leo Varadkar criticised Israel’s response to the Hamas terror attacks. The Taoiseach said Israel had gone beyond its right to self-defence with its actions in Gaza and warned that collective punishment was a breach of international law.

“I strongly believe that, like any state, Israel has the right to defend itself, has the right to go after Hamas so they cannot do this again,” he told reporters during a visit to South Korea. “But what I’m seeing unfolding at the moment isn’t just self-defence. It looks like… it resembles something more approaching revenge.”

Pro-Palestine Armistice Day protests are ‘provocative and disrespectful’, says Sunak

Rishi Sunak has condemned plans for a pro-Palestine rally that is set to go ahead on Armistice Day as “provocative and disrespectful”.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in central London on Saturday, November 11 to protest Israeli military action in Gaza following the Hamas terrorist attacks.

But Mr Sunak said the timing of the rally, which would mark a fifth consecutive weekend of pro-Palestine demonstrations, represents “an affront to the British public”.

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