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Media Summary

BBC News, The Times, and the Guardian report that an Israeli air strike targeting “a terrorist from Hamas’s military wing who had taken part in the 7 October attack” has killed 29 people at a displaced peoples’ camp in Abasan al-Kabira, east of the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

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BBC NewsThe Timesand the Guardian report that an Israeli air strike targeting “a terrorist from Hamas’s military wing who had taken part in the 7 October attack” has killed 29 people at a displaced peoples’ camp in Abasan al-Kabira, east of the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. The Guardian describes the site targeted and hit as having been a “shelter”.

BBC News and the Guardian report on Hamas accusing Israeli operations in the Gaza Strip of risking ceasefire talk efforts. While Hamas have dropped a key demand for Israel to accept a permanent ceasefire as a precondition for negotiations, significant obstacles still stand an agreement remains elusive.

The Independent, and the Guardian report on the planned dismantling of the aid delivery pier built by the US government off the coast of Gaza City. While it will be reinstalled today following its temporary suspension due to bad weather, it will only be used for several more days before being permanently removed. The pier reportedly only delivered the equivalent of a single day’s pre-war land aid in the two months it was operational for, and operated for just 20 days.

Reuters reports that famine has spread throughout the Gaza Strip, according to a group of independent human rights experts mandated by the United Nations. In Tuesday’s statement, the group of 11 rights experts cited the deaths of three children aged 13, 9-years-old and six months from malnutrition in the southern area of Khan Younis and the central area of Deir Al-Balah since the end of May.

Sky News reports on preparations being undertaken for a potential escalation of conflict with Hezbollah in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, and how a subterranean car park has been converted into a five-acre hospital to cope if war breaks out. This car park was build in the aftermath of 2006’s Second Lebanon War, and “designed with the next conflict in mind”.

Writing for the Financial Times, Neri Zilber argues that “Benjamin Netanyahu may yet avert an Israel-Hizbollah war”. He suggests that Netanyahu is likely to wait until the US Presidential election in November before making any significant decisions, and concludes that “barring any unforeseen mass-casualty event on either side of the Blue Line, such as an errant Israeli air strike or Hizbollah suicide drone, onlookers believe that Netanyahu is likely to remain purposefully non-committal for now”.

Yediot Ahronot reports on the latest hostage release negotiations, with Mossad Director Barnea, Shin Bet Director Bar, and Hostage Coordinator Maj. Gen. (res.) Alon set to meet with CIA director Burns and Egyptian and Qatari officials in Qatar. “Egyptian sources,” says the paper, “reported that ‘marked progress of a kind that wasn’t seen in the previous rounds of negotiations has been made on Hamas’s side and on the Israeli side.’ Israeli officials, however, put a damper last night on that optimism and said that numerous issues remain unresolved, adding that the hostages’ families must not be misled.”

Yediot Ahronot also notes that “Egypt announced  that it wishes to begin rebuilding the Gaza Strip. The plan is to send hundreds of Egyptian labourers and foremen into Gaza to map out the scope of damage and to begin the reconstruction work immediately. The construction materials will come from Egypt, though no decision has been made yet whether an international organization will oversee the efforts and be responsible for the reconstruction work.”

Haaretz reveals that the IDF’s investigation into the fighting at Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7 has uncovered serious flaws in the way the troops conducted the fight, senior officials who have seen the report said. “Among other problems,” Haaretz says, “fighters from the elite Shaldag unit abandoned the fight at the kibbutz to fight in other areas without this having been ordered by the senior command, the officials said. In addition, other forces that reached the area refrained from entering the kibbutz to fight even though the terrorists were inside slaughtering the residents.” The full report will be made public tomorrow.

Haaretz also reports that an army investigation concluded that five Gazan workers and their Israeli driver were killed by Hamas on October 7th. “The Gazans had permits to enter Israel,” it says, “where they worked in fields in the south, and were en route to work when the sirens sounded and the rocket launches and the shooting began. When it was last seen moving, the[ir] van was heading east toward Rahat. But it never made it through the Sha’ar Hanegev Junction, one of the bloodiest intersections on that day.”

Kan Radio News features Finance Minister Smotrich ruling out the state paying for legal representation for Nukhba fighters alleged to have played a role on October 7th. The Public Defender’s Office also announced that it would refuse to represent Hamas terrorists.

Israel Hayom includes newly-appointed UK Foreign Secretary Lammy’s plan to visit Israel next Monday. “Ahead of the visit,” it says, “British diplomats have engaged in preliminary discussions with their Israeli counterparts, addressing recent media reports. Specifically, they conveyed that The Guardian article suggesting London’s new government would abandon the UK’s effort to challenge the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the attempts to issue arrests warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ‘not accurate,’ emphasising that the matter remains under review.”

Haaretz reports French President Macron complaining to Prime Minister Netanyahu about Israeli Diaspora Minister Amichai Chikli’s interfering in the French elections in support of Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party. “The conversation between Macron and Netanyahu… ended with Netanyahu’s commitment to prevent further statements from his ministers on France’s internal matters. Following this, Foreign Minister Israel Katz tweeted that Israel does not interfere in other countries’ elections. However, Chikli, despite Netanyahu’s and Katz’s remarks, continued to comment on the issue in recent days, even after Le Pen’s party lost the elections.” The paper also alleges that “an Israeli diplomatic source said Chikli is operating completely independently in his ties with far-right parties in Europe, and there are times when the Foreign Ministry professionals are not even aware of the meetings he is holding or the statements he is putting out on the subject.”

Channel 12 and Maariv report the latest tensions within the government, this time between Minister Ben Gvir and Shas leader Aryeh Deri. A Shas’ sponsored Knesset bill on funding for religious councils was shelved on Monday night, after Ben Gvir threatened to withdraw his Jewish Power party’s support if his long-standing wish to join the (now disbanded) war cabinet was not granted. In an explosive statement, Ben Gvir’s party accused Likud and Shas of collaborating with unnamed Arab parties in excluding him from the war cabinet. Shas, meanwhile, accused Ben Gvir’s “irresponsible conduct” of being likely to “cause the overthrow of the right-wing government during a war.” The pulled bill is another disappointment for Shas, after the government failed to pass the so-called Rabbis Bill last month, following which one Shas official said “there is no coalition [and] there is no discipline.”

Haaretz and Israel Hayom note that the first draft notices will be sent out to conscription-age ultra-Orthodox men next month, the Defense Ministry said yesterday. This follows the High Court’s landmark decision last month that the continued exclusion of ultra-Orthodox men from the draft was unlawful. While the precise number of draftees is unclear, “IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Amir Baram told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee on Tuesday that the army would like to draft 4,800 ultra-Orthodox men this year – meaning 3,000 new conscripts on top of the 1,800 ultra-Orthodox men who are already in the army. The target for next year will be the same, he added.”

Walla News writes on its decision not to publish an article submitted by Philippe Lazzarini, the commissioner general of UNRWA. The site accuses Lazzarino of a “blatant disregard for the facts that are, so to speak, right under your nose…”