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Report: Israel Believes Sinwar Wants Escalation of Violence over Ramadan Instead of Truce

Israeli officials are reportedly increasingly pessimistic over the likelihood of reaching a hostage and truce deal before Ramadan.

According to similar comments from unnamed officials cited in several Hebrew media reports — generally indicating a coordinated leak — officials now believe that Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar has no intention of agreeing to a temporary ceasefire in the coming days.

Instead, the officials say, Israel believes Sinwar wants to escalate the violence further over Ramadan. In such a scenario, Israel is wary of an escalation not just along its borders with Gaza and Lebanon, but also across Judea and Samaria, where tensions are high, as well as in Jerusalem, where clashes over the Temple Mount and access to the holy site are widely expected.

Ramadan is expected to begin next Sunday evening, March 10. (TOI / VFI News)

“God, we pray for a quick end to the war and long-lasting peace. We come to You, tired and greatly sorrowed by all the hostilities and the massive loss of human lives. Our Heavenly Father, we pray to You for a quick resolution of all current matters concerning the war, as well as for the release of the hostages who have been held for almost 5 months, in the name of Yeshua. Thank You for all Your blessings and the noble people you have gifted us. Their perseverance and love strengthen our own and reflect Your never-failing love.”