December 10, 2023

The government’s expected approval of the deal to release dozens of hostages from Hamas captivity in return for a temporary ceasefire, fuel supply, and the release of female and minor-aged terrorists from Israeli prisons shows what makes Israel special yet vulnerable. It shows a feeling of mutual responsibility that makes Israel different, with a sense that no Jew is left alone. National Unity Party Minister Benny Gantz said that the return of the hostages is a moral imperative and part of the resilience that enables the country to win wars. Israelis can identify with the hostages’ families and see their own relatives in the victims, creating a willingness to take considerable risks to secure their release. The nation previously released 1,027 security prisoners for the release of soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011, showing their commitment to rescuing their own people. Despite the risks involved, Israel is willing to take them to protect its citizens and uphold its values.