Netanyahu has drawn the ire of Israel's military chiefs by delaying the invasion of Gaza to eliminate Hamas, with western allies in the EU pushing for a ceasefire. EU officials also drafted a statement in support of the proposal for an EU summit this Thursday and Friday. Elizabeth Borne, the French prime minister, called for a 'humanitarian truce' to deliver more aid to civilians in Gaza. Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Slovenia and Luxembourg have also publicly backed the idea of a humanitarian pause. Elderly Israeli hostages Yocheved Lifschitz, 85, and Nurit Cooper, 79, were handed over to the Red Cross at the Rafah crossing with Egypt last night.