In this interview, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Israel “Relik” Shafir highlights the crucial timing of the start of Ramadan for brokering a ceasefire and securing the release of hostages.

He cautions that Hamas will play “the chicken game,” refusing to withdraw from their unacceptable demands.

Shafir also notes that the USA’s leverage over Hamas is primarily through intermediaries like Qatar or Egypt.