Israel’s hostage situation was tense on Saturday as Hamas postponed the hostages’ return, citing a violation of the ceasefire deal by Israel. Egypt intervened by sending intelligence officers to Gaza to pressure Hamas into releasing the hostages. Dr. Shay Har-Zvi of the Institute for Policy and Strategy explained Egypt’s interest. Egypt seeks to assert its regional importance and leverage over Hamas as the only non-Israeli land connection to Gaza. Qatar’s involvement was also highlighted, with Har-Zvi noting its ability to engage with various parties and its efforts to improve relations with the United States. Qatar’s hosting of a large US military base and its mediation with Iran reflect its double interest in the region.