Not far from the Egyptian border, in the Negev desert, Israeli archaeologists have discovered the remains of a large campsite set up by nomads between 4,000 and 7,500 years ago. Most remarkable among the finds there, writes Nathan Steinmeyer, are at least eight ostrich eggs, probably meant to be used for food. Ostriches were native to the Land of Israel until the 19th century, and were found elsewhere in the Middle East even in the 20th. A brief video from the Israel Antiquities Authority explains:
Ancient Ostrich Eggs in the Negev
Hamas Wants a Renewed Ceasefire, but Doesn’t Understand Israel’s Changed Attitude
Yohanan Tzoreff, writing yesterday, believes that Hamas still wishes to return to the truce that it ended Friday morning with renewed rocket attacks on Israel, but hopes it can do so on better terms—raising the price, so to speak, of each hostage released. Examining recent statements from the terrorist group’s leaders, he tries to make sense of what it is thinking:
These [Hamas] senior officials do not reflect any awareness of the changed attitude in Israel toward Hamas following the October 7 massacre carried out by the organization in the western Negev communities. They continue to estimate that as before, Israel will be willing to pay high prices for its people and that time is working in their favor. In their opinion, Israel’s interest in the release of its people, the pressure of the hostages’ families, and the public’s broad support for these families will ultimately be decisive in favor of a deal that will meet the new conditions set by Hamas.
In other words, the culture of summud (steadfastness), still guides Hamas. Its [rhetoric] does not show at all that it has internalized or recognized the change in the attitude of the Israeli public toward it—which makes it clear that Israel still has a lot of work to do.