Netanyahu rejects Hamas’ Gaza cease-fire demands, says troops will push into Rafah

Tel Aviv, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected Hamas demands for a cease-fire and vowed to press ahead with Israel’s military offensive in Gaza until achieving what he called “absolute victory.” He also said — despite myriad warnings from humanitarian agencies of possible dire consequences — that he had ordered the Israel Defense…

Read More

Israeli intelligence docs detail alleged UNRWA staff links to Hamas, including 12 accused in Oct. 7 attack

Tel Aviv, Israel — An Israeli intelligence document shared on Monday with CBS News and a number of other Western news outlets spells out allegations against a dozen U.N. employees whom Israel says participated in Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror attack. The document claims seven staff members of UNRWA, the U.N. humanitarian agency that helps Palestinian refugees,…

Read More

CIA Director William Burns to hold Hamas hostage talks Sunday with Mossad chief, Qatari prime minister

Washington — CIA Director Bill Burns is expected to meet Sunday in Paris with the director of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, David Barnea, and Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani, to discuss the latest emerging proposal to free the remaining hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, according to two sources familiar with the upcoming talks….

Read More

Australia, Italy and others halt funding to U.N. agency over claim staff involved in Hamas attack on Israel

Several key donor countries to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees joined the U.S. and said on Saturday they would halt their funding following accusations by Israel that several UNRWA staff were involved in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack.   The U.S. State Department said on Friday they suspended payments to the organization. The U.S. underlined that…

Read More