February 24, 2024

President Isaac Herzog convened a series of strategic meetings in Dubai on Friday as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), with a primary objective of facilitating the safe return of the remaining hostages from Gaza to Israel. Herzog kicked off his meetings with the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The president also met with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and His Royal Highness King Charles III. Silva told Herzog that he had spoken with the leaders of South American nations and called on them to support the return of the hostages. On Thursday night, Hamas released another eight hostages and returned three dead bodies to Israel. According to the latest numbers, there are still 137 hostages held by Hamas, including 117 men and 20 women. Sparse Israeli delegation sent to COP28. Herzog landed in Dubai late Thursday night and met first with President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The rest of the Israeli delegation is holding climate-related meetings. The delegation is also showcasing climate-tech companies from the country’s southern region, which was destroyed by Hamas.