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Israel Heads to Qatar for Hostage Talks, Northern Battle with Hezbollah Escalates

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JERUSALEM, Israel – An Israeli team heads to Qatar today for more talks on a hostage deal as intense fighting continues in Gaza and along the northern border. Hezbollah has kept up its rocket attacks and suicide drones against northern Israel and Israel is striking back.

UNRWA's Ties to Palestinian Terrorism

In Geneva, hostage family member Ayelet Samerano is addressing the “Future Beyond UNRWA” summit on Monday. Her 21-year-old son Yonatan’s lifeless body was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, including a UNRWA social worker, Faisal Ali Mussalem al-Naami, and taken to Gaza on October 7th.

Netanyahu emphasized Israel's position, stating, "We are fighting a war that was forced upon us by Hamas, and we cannot just give in because Hamas hides behind its own civilians."

He then posed a rhetorical question, drawing a parallel to the United States: "What would America do, if faced with the equivalent of twenty 9/11’s, – 50,000 Americans slaughtered in one day, 10,000 Americans including mothers and children held hostage? You'd be doing a hell of a lot more."

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Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl is a correspondent for CBN News in the Middle East. A Hebrew speaker, she has been covering news in Israel fulltime for more than 20 years. Julie’s life as a journalist has been intertwined with CBN – first as a graduate student in Journalism; then as a journalist with Middle East Television (METV) when it was owned by CBN from 1989-91; and now with the Middle East Bureau of CBN News in Jerusalem since 2009. As a correspondent for CBN News, Julie has covered Israel’s wars with Gaza, rocket attacks on Israeli communities, stories on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and