Two Americans, including a 4-year-old girl, were among the 17 hostages Hamas released in the third exchange for 39 Palestinians released from Israeli prisons. The four-day cease-fire deal is also allowing aid trucks to cross into Gaza and deliver crucial supplies. Late on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu seemed to open the door to more pauses in fighting if Hamas releases more hostages.
Class discussion: Do you expect the rest of the hostages in Gaza to be released? What would happen in the war if Hamas were to release all the hostages? What is Hamas getting out of the swaps? What is Israel gettting out of it? After all the fighting and civilian deaths, do you think that the Palestinians in Gaza and Israelis can live in peace? Why or why not? How do you expect this war to end?