In this episode we speak with Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, IDF spokesperson, discussing the ongoing conflict in Gaza. We talk about the recent release of two elderly female Israeli hostages by Hamas and the need to understand the psychological manipulation employed by Hamas regarding hostages. Hamas had meticulously planned and executed the hostage-taking operation to gain political leverage. Hamas' strategic aim was to delay Israel's ground maneuver in Gaza. Future releases and video executions as tactics employed by Hamas are still on the table. Israel's commitments are twofold: to dismantle Hamas militarily and administratively and to bring all its people home. Conricus acknowledges the challenges but stresses Israel's determination to achieve these goals.
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