Peter Lerner to Newsmax: Israel Focused on Rescuing Hostages

Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told Newsmax on Wednesday that Israel is currently focused on bringing home “as many hostages as possible” during the ongoing ceasefire with Hamas.

When asked about the status of the ceasefire, Lerner said on “National Report” that Israel is “continuing to hold our defensive positions in northern Gaza, out, conducting our logistical operations, and gathering more intelligence as time goes by.”

He later added, “We are holding our fire in order to enable and ensure a swift release of hostages … we have released up until now 81 hostages, 61 Israelis and another 20 dual nationals, so the efforts currently are to bring home as many hostages as possible, and that is currently what we are involved in.”

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