PM Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel rejects the terms that Hamas has proposed

The offered ceasefire parameters from Hamas have been rejected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who claims that “total victory” in Gaza is achievable in a few months. He was speaking in response to a ceasefire proposal endorsed by Israel, which had been met with a series of demands from Hamas. Mr. Netanyahu called the parameters of the group’s negotiations “bizarre” and stated that they were “not going anywhere”. The talks are still ongoing in an attempt to come to an agreement. “A complete and final victory is the only solution,” Mr. Netanyahu stated at a press conference on Wednesday. “If Hamas will survive in Gaza, it’s only a question of time until the next massacre.”

 

Though this statement is a strong rejection, Israel was expected to object to Hamas’s counter-offer. Israeli authorities obviously view any attempt by Hamas to terminate the war on its terms as wholly unacceptable. The Reuters news agency was informed by senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri that Mr. Netanyahu’s comments “are a form of political bravado” and indicate his intention to continue the bloodshed in the region. A fresh round of talks, mediated by Egypt and Qatar, is still anticipated to take place in Cairo on Thursday, an Egyptian official source informed the BBC. According to the source, Egypt has urged all sides to exercise the necessary patience in order to come to a peaceful resolution. On Tuesday, Hamas presented its counterproposal for a cease-fire.

 

Food and other relief supplies to Gaza would also rise as a result of the proposed agreement. Hamas stated that talks to end the war would be completed before the end of the 135-day ceasefire. On October 7, of last year, Hamas attacked southern Israel, killing almost 1,300 people. The Israeli-led conflict in response has claimed the lives of around 27,700 Palestinians and injured at least 65,000 more, according to the health ministry operated by Hamas.

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