Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured this Tuesday that Israel will not release “thousands of Palestinian terrorists” in exchange for the delivery of hostages, within the framework of a proposed truce agreement in the Gaza Strip to which the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is expected to respond in the coming days.
“We will not withdraw the Israel Defense Forces from the Gaza Strip and we will not free thousands of terrorists,” Netanyahu promised young students at the Bnei David military academy in the Eli settlement in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. .
“None of this will happen. What will happen? Absolute victory!”The president reiterated that since the beginning of the war offensive and despite growing pressure both internationally and from the families of the 136 kidnapped, he has always been reluctant to end the war in Gaza until he manages to “eliminate Hamas.” .
With US mediation, Qatar and Egypt, Israel and Hamas negotiate another proposal for a possible truce agreement and exchange of captives, which was delivered yesterday to the Islamist group, which assured that it “will study it” but that He will not give in to his demands.
“What will happen? Absolute victory!” Netanyahu said. Photo: AP
For Hamas, the priorities above all are “stopping the brutal aggression in Gaza and the complete withdrawal of the occupation forces of the Strip,” according to the head of the group's political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, in a statement.
Haniyeh, who has lived in Qatar for years, also claimed that any agreement with Israel must guarantee the return to their homes of the almost 2 million Gazans who are displaced by violence, most of them in the Rafah area, on the border with Egypt.
For his part, Ziad Nakhaleh, the secretary of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an organization that also operates in Gaza and the West Bank, showed his support for Hamas on Tuesday and assured that he will not negotiate other types of conditions either.
“We will not establish any agreement without guaranteeing a comprehensive ceasefire, the withdrawal of occupation forces, the guarantee of the reconstruction (of Gaza) and a clear political solution that guarantees the rights of the Palestinian people,” Nakhaleh detailed in a statement.