Headline: Israeli Prime Minister Rejects Hamas’ Ceasefire Proposal, Claims ‘Complete Victory’ is Necessary
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed Hamas’ recent proposal for a ceasefire and hostage exchange in Gaza, deeming them “delusional” and calling for “complete victory” over the militant group. Netanyahu’s rejection came after a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, dealing a blow to diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the ongoing conflict.
Hamas’ proposal outlined a three-phase process, spanning over four-and-a-half months, which included the gradual withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, the release of hostages, and the freedom of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. However, Netanyahu quickly dismissed the plan, asserting the need for negotiations and mentioning that he does not see them happening in the current circumstances.
Secretary Blinken, on the other hand, expressed that negotiations could still continue, although certain elements of the Hamas proposal were deemed unacceptable. Blinken further affirmed that the US would support efforts in finding a resolution to the conflict.
In response, Hamas announced that it would be sending a delegation to Cairo to follow up on their proposals, indicating their willingness to engage in further discussions.
The Israeli offensive in Gaza has had harrowing consequences, resulting in significant humanitarian suffering. The violence has claimed the lives of tens of thousands and pushed the local population to the brink of famine. Adina Moshe, a former Israeli hostage, criticized Netanyahu for dismissing the hostage exchange proposal, stating that there would no longer be any hostages to release if the Israeli government continues its plan to eradicate Hamas entirely.
Civil society groups and human rights organizations within Israel have called for an immediate ceasefire and the release of hostages. They have emphasized the urgency of pausing the fighting to address the severe humanitarian crisis engulfing Gaza.
As this story unfolds, further developments are expected.