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Marion McKeone: Freeing of first Israeli hostages brings only temporary respite for Joe Biden

The next tranche of hostage negotiations is set to be even more ‘excruciating’ and more Americans now oppose the president’s support for Israel

Palestinians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in Gaza City on the northern Gaza strip following weeks of Israeli bombardment, as a four-day ceasefire took effect on November 24, 2023. Picture: Getty

The first glimmer of good news since the Hamas attack of October 7 came on Friday when the first tranche of 13 Israeli hostages, whose ages ranged from two to 87 years, were released along with ten hostages from Thailand and one Filipino.

In Washington, it brought some respite from the mounting criticism of US President Joe Biden’s handling of the crisis.

He was quick to seize the moment, interrupting his Thanksgiving holiday to hold ...