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Netanyahu rejects Hamas' conditions for release of hostages: “If we accept this, our soldiers are wasted”

Netanyahu rejects Hamas' conditions for release of hostages: “If we accept this, our soldiers are wasted”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was working around the clock to get the hostages back (Amos Ben-Gershom/Gpo/Dpa).

Benjamin Netanyahu This Sunday was “absolutely” rejected Conditions imposed by the terrorist group Hamas Including the release of the remaining hostages inside the Gaza Strip, the end of the war and the complete withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Palestinian territories.

“I absolutely reject the terms of surrender of the monsters of Hamas”The Israeli prime minister said in a video message broadcast by his office.

According to Netanyahu, in exchange for the release of all the hostages, Hamas is demanding “an end to the war, the withdrawal of our forces from Gaza, the release of all the killers and rapists of the Nuqba (the elite force of Hamas's military wing) and the leaving of Hamas.”

“If we accept this, our soldiers are wasted and we cannot guarantee the safety of our citizens”The Prime Minister said that due to public pressure, especially from the families of the hostages, negotiations should be held to release all the captives at any cost.

Netanyahu vowed that “military pressure is the only solution” to return the hundreds of thousands of people who fled communities around Gaza “safe and sound to their homes” and that there would not be a repeat of “another October 7” referring to brutal Hamas. That attack on Israeli soil killed more than 1,200 people and kidnapped 240.

Relatives of kidnapped Israelis demand their release (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Relatives of kidnapped Israelis demand their release (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

“I do not want to endure such catastrophic damage to Israel's security.”, so we do not accept it. “The conditions imposed by Hamas illustrate a simple fact: there is no alternative to victory,” he said.

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American newspaper The Wall Street Journal Qatar and Egypt exclusively presented Israel and Hamas this Sunday The ceasefire proposal is in three phases, which will last for about 90 daysA definitive end to the conflict should be cited citing security evidence from the various parties involved.

The 90-day plan proposes a lasting ceasefire during which Hamas would release all civilian hostages, while Israel would release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, withdraw from Gazan cities, allow freedom of movement in the enclave, end the use of drones and double the amount. Granted assistance.

In a second phase, Hamas will release the bodies of female soldiers and captives — 27 bodies compared to about 110 hostages — and Israel will release more prisoners; In the third phase, Israel will withdraw its forces to the Gaza border and the terrorist group will release all hostages and combat-age personnel.

About the abductee, Netanyahu said he was working around the clock to bring them home This was one of the main objectives of the war, along with the wholesale elimination of Hamas; The family has called for a new protest tonight in front of the Prime Minister's residence.

Israel rejects Hamas demand to release hostages (Europe Press/Contact/Osama Yahya)
Israel rejects Hamas demand to release hostages (Europe Press/Contact/Osama Yahya)

Once that initial plan expires in 90 days, Qatar and Egypt's proposal envisions a total cessation of hostilities, normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and a peace process leading to the creation of a Palestinian state.

“My emphasis has been on preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state for years, which would pose an existential threat to Israel. “As long as I am the prime minister, I will defend him staunchly,” he hinted at such a possibility.

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After the war, the Prime Minister pointed out more. “Gaza must be demilitarized and under full Israeli security control”Something he has repeated on numerous occasions, but his partners in the international community, including the United States, which is committed to cede control to the Palestinian National Authority, do not want to.

“After we have achieved complete victory and eliminated Hamas, there will be no factor in funding terrorism in Gaza,” Netanyahu said, something he reiterated in a phone conversation with US President Joe Biden this weekend.

(with information from EFE)