"You are the Maccabees of our time": Southern Command commander lit candles with fighters in Gaza/IDF Spokesperson
23:01 - U.S. Representative to the Security Council: We vetoed a ceasefire - after our changes were not accepted
"The resolution was unbalanced, detached from reality and would not have changed the situation on the ground, so we could not support it," the US representative to the Security Council said after the resolution. "We cannot understand why the initiators of the resolution were not prepared to insert a clause condemning Hamas for the October 7 attack. The resolution did not even offer condolences to the victims of October 7 or address reports of sexual violence by Hamas. This must be investigated and condemned," he said.
22:50 P.M. - The United States vetoed the proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, and it failed.
Thirteen out of 13 countries voted in favor of a ceasefire in a Security Council vote following the UN secretary-general's call on the Security Council to order a ceasefire earlier today. Britain abstained. Following the American veto, the resolution did not pass.
The UAE representative to the council said after the vote that his country, which initiated the resolution, was disappointed with the US veto. "What message are we sending to the Palestinians if we cannot unite behind a call to stop the bombing in Gaza," he said.
21:15 P.M. - 40 casualties from the fighting in Gaza evacuated to Soroka Hospital in the past <> hours
Soroka Hospital continues to treat victims of the war in Gaza. The hospital said that the condition of the two fighters wounded overnight during the operation to locate abductees in Gaza is defined as serious. They are hospitalized in the general intensive care unit. It was also reported that during the past 40 hours, 42 casualties were evacuated to Soroka. Currently, 10 wounded people are hospitalized in various wards, <> of them in serious condition.
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21:04 - Alarms activated in the Ashkelon area
20:17 P.M. - IDF: Two fighters seriously wounded in rescue operation to rescue a kidnapped kidnapper, which was shelved in progress
The IDF Spokesperson said that two IDF fighters were seriously wounded tonight during an operation in the Gaza Strip to rescue a kidnapped man from Hamas. The forces raided Hamas locators and eliminated terrorists who took part in the abduction and holding of abductees. No hostages were rescued in this operation. The spokesman added: "We will work in every way to bring the abductees home and also to obtain information about them. We are in the woods phase of the ground fighting and are operating in Hamas' centers of gravity in the southern and northern Gaza Strip. The spaces are full of cargo. Many terrorists are eliminated and more and more terrorists surrender. We arrested more than 200 suspects. Their debriefing facilitates field activity. We eliminated a terrorist squad in the north, with the help of an observer who directed a remotely operated aircraft. Shots were fired at an IDF post. Female fighters in Gaza and its borders will mark Shabbat on the ground. They fight with bravery and courage."
19:30 - Galant to female fighters: It is impossible to ignore the strong and successful female presence in combat
Defense Minister Yoav Galant recently finished a visit to the Gaza Strip border, where he met female fighters from the Caracal Battalion and the Armored Corps. Together with the commander of the 80th Division, Brigadier General Itamar Ben-Haim, the commander of the Faran Brigade, Colonel Raviv Shemer, and the commander of the Caracal Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Or Ben Yehuda, the Minister of Defense spoke with the female fighters, heard about their action on 7 October to eliminate Hamas terrorists in the southern Gaza envelope, and about the fire support they provide to the ground operation being carried out in the Gaza Strip.
Galant lit a second Hanukkah candle with the female fighters. He told the female fighters: "It is impossible to ignore the strong, prominent and successful female presence. Women haven't really fought in the IDF since '10, this is the first time this has happened in 48 years as massive fighting. The results are very impressive, both in the operation of the tools, in the operational result and in the command."
He added: "IDF fighters are in dozens of places throughout Gaza lighting Hanukkah candles - this is the victory of the new Maccabees over evil and darkness. We turn on lights in Gaza, and turn off the light of those who want to harm us. Whoever thought he would turn off our lights sees day after day what the results are. In the State of Israel there is light and in Gaza there is darkness - it will intensify. I see the signs that indicate the breakdown that is beginning inside Gaza. And you, therefore, have a central part in this matter. And I want you to know that the entire nation of Israel is behind you."
In the video: Galant lighting a candle on the Gaza border: "Signs of breakage are beginning to appear in Gaza"/Photo: Amir Malka
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