From Israel’s jubilation to Gaza’s devastation - will Saturday’s hostage raid change the course of the war?

Sky News Middle East correspondent Alistair Bunkall on the implications of Saturday’s hostage raid

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Israeli forces rescued four hostages held by Hamas since October in a raid in Gaza on Saturday that Palestinian officials said killed more than 200 people, one of the single bloodiest Israeli assaults of the eight-month-old war.

The weekend’s death toll, released by the Hamas-run health ministry, made it one of the deadliest 24 hour periods in the Gaza war. The Israeli military claimed that less than 100 people died during the operation, still a significant death toll.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Israeli minister Benny Gantz announced his resignation from prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s emergency government, withdrawing the only centrist power in the embattled leader’s far-right coalition, amid the months-long war in Gaza.

What impact will Saturday’s rescue of four hostages and deaths of scores of Palestinians have on the course of this war? And will it affect the Israeli people’s approach to the conflict?

And what does Benny Gantz’ exit mean for the future of the Netanyahu government?

In the News speaks to Sky News Middle East correspondent Alistair Bunkall.

Hosted by Sorcha Pollak. Produced by John Casey.

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