Israel Is Refusing To Accept A Permanent Ceasefire Deal That Will Allow Remaining Hostages In Gaza To Return Home
On Jan. 21, Netanyahu rejected a proposal by Hamas to end the war on the condition that Hamas release the remaining over 100 Israeli hostages in exchange for Israel withdrawing its forces, releasing Palestinian prisoners and letting Hamas continue to govern Gaza.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to accept a deal for a permanent ceasefire in return for all of its remaining hostages to return home.
On Sunday Jan. 21, Netanyahu rejected a proposal by Hamas to end the war on the condition that Hamas release the remaining over 100 Israeli hostages in exchange for Israel withdrawing its forces, releasing Palestinian prisoners and letting Hamas continue to govern Gaza.
Netanyahu said that accepting Hamas’ proposal would mean leaving Hamas “intact” and that Israel’s soldiers would have “fallen in vain”.
Israel and Hamas have been in intense talks mediated by Qatar, US and Egypt for a ceasefire deal, since Dec. 28.
According to Reuters, the mediators have proposed a deal that would see Hamas gradually release the remaining more than 100 Israeli prisoners in Gaza, in return for Israel releasing Palestinians held in Israeli prisons and letting aid flow into Gaza over 30 days.
Mediators are trying to convince Hamas to accept a month-long ceasefire followed by a potential permanent ceasefire.
Hamas has said it would make a deal only if a permanent ceasefire is guaranteed.
But the Israeli government is pushing for deal that would allow hostages to return home but keep the war going even after the brief pause in fighting.
Netanyahu has said that nothing will stop Israel from fighting until “total victory” in Gaza.
However, he is under increasing pressure back home from both members of his government and the families of the hostages to agree to a deal.
Following his rejection of the deal on Sunday, the families of hostages remaining in Gaza stormed a parliament meeting on Monday to protest his refusal to accept a deal.