Israel’s Netanyahu turns down Hamas conditions for captive offer that include ‘straight-out surrender’ By Reuters

© Reuters. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks throughout the weekly cabinet conference at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, January 7, 2024. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool/File Picture

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday declined conditions provided by Hamas to end the war and release captives that would consist of Israel’s total withdrawal and leaving Hamas in power in Gaza.

” In exchange for the release of our captives, Hamas requires completion of the war, the withdrawal of our forces from Gaza, the release of all the killers and rapists,” Netanyahu stated in a declaration. “And leaving Hamas undamaged.”

” I decline outright the regards to surrender of the beasts of Hamas,” Netanyahu stated.

An offer brokered in late November by the United States, Qatar and Egypt saw the release of more than 100 of the approximated 240 captives who were captured to Gaza throughout an attack by Hamas militants on Oct. 7, in exchange for the release of 240 Palestinians kept in Israeli jails.

Because that offer ended Netanyahu has actually dealt with installing pressure to protect the release the 136 captives who stay in captivity.

Netanyahu likewise took a more powerful line on the problem of Palestinian statehood than formerly.

” I will not jeopardize on complete Israeli security control of all area west of the Jordan River,” he stated.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday stated he talked with Netanyahu about possible services for production of an independent Palestinian state, recommending one course might include a non-militarized federal government.

Netanyahu appeared on Saturday to press back versus Biden’s remarks about Palestinian statehood after the war versus Hamas in Gaza ends as the 2 males do not see eye-to-eye on Palestinians having a state, an option Biden has actually promoted to accomplish long-lasting peace.

In the declaration on Sunday, Netanyahu duplicated that he would firmly insist upon “complete Israeli security control over all the area west of Jordan.”

Netanyahu stated that he dealt with down “worldwide and internal pressures,” to alter this position.

” My persistence is what avoided for many years the facility of a Palestinian state that would have postured an existential threat to Israel,” Netanyahu stated.


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