The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, rejected this Sunday Hamas’s proposal to “end the war” in Gaza in exchange for the release, in three phases, of all the hostages, which has provoked a new protest from the relatives of the captives.
“I flatly reject the surrender conditions of the Hamas monsters,” Netanyahu said in a video released by his office, in an apparent response to information that emerged today about a new agreement proposal mediated by Qatar and Egypt.
According to Netanyahu, in exchange for the release of all the hostages, Hamas demands “the end of the war”, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, the release of “all the murderers and rapists of Nuhkba” (elite force of the Hamas military) and leave Hamas intact.
Protests by the families of the kidnapped
Faced with Netanyahu’s emphatic refusal, some of the families of the kidnapped marched tonight towards the residence of the Israeli prime ministerin the Rehavia neighborhood in Jerusalem, where they decided to camp in protest.
“My daughter not only died, but she died under your supervision,” Orrin Gantz, the mother of the young Eden Zacharia, who was kidnapped and died in captivity at the age of 28, told the media and protesters.
For Netanyahu, a ceasefire now would mean “another October 7” in the futureas he said in his speech, referring to the brutal attack by Hamas on Israeli soil, which left more than 1,200 dead and 240 kidnapped.
An estimated 136 people remain captive in Gaza since that day, although at least 27 of them have already been killed, some by Israeli fire, according to the latest official information and propaganda videos distributed by Hamas on Telegram.
Already on the night of the 19th, Friday, some relatives camped in front of Netanyahu’s second residence, in the Israeli city of Caesarea, where the president usually spends weekends. These protests come preceded by massive demonstrations throughout the country that ask him to prioritize the rescue of hostages.
The American newspaper The Wall Street Journal published today exclusively that Qatar and Egypt have presented Israel and Hamas with a proposal for a ceasefire in three phases, which would last about 90 days, to put a definitive end to the conflict, citing security sources from several sources. parties involved.
The 90-day plan proposes a lasting ceasefire during which Hamas would release all civilian hostages, while Israel would release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, withdraw from Gazan cities, allow freedom of movement in the enclave, end the use of drones and would double the amount of aid allowed in.
In a second stage, Hamas would release the female soldiers and the bodies of captives – some 27 of the 136 hostages left inside the Strip – and Israel would release more prisoners; while in the third phase Israel would withdraw its troops to the Gaza border and the Islamist group would release all hostage soldiers and men of fighting age.
“If we accept this, our warriors will have fallen in vain and we will not be able to guarantee the safety of our citizens,” the prime minister said today in his recorded speech.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant alluded in a meeting with the hostages’ families to an advance “towards the most sensitive places” of Hamas in the south, according to a statement, which he said brought the army closer to its two objectives: ending with the Islamists and return the captives.
107 days of military offensive
Within the Gaza Strip, 107 days of military offensive have passed and there are already more than 25,000 dead, in addition to 62,681 injured people, mostly women and children, according to the latest figures from the Gaza Ministry of Health, controlled by Hamas.
The Israeli Army reported today new attacks both in the central area of the enclave, in Al-Maghazi, where they claimed to have destroyed a weapons production site and a loaded rocket launcher, as in the south, around the city of Khan Younis, with intense artillery attacks in the Al Manara neighborhood and bombings in Al Amal.
They also reported today the discovery of a tunnel about 800 meters long “with a central room” in Khan Yunis, where, according to testimonies, up to “20 hostages were kept at different times”, some of whom were already released.
On the northern border, military bases of Hezbollah were attacked, a group that confirmed the death today of one of its “martyrs”, while in the Strip, according to the army in another statement, they seized nearly 3.7 million euros in local Israeli currency (shekels), taken from facilities associated with Hamas Islamists.