The Government of Israel will not accept a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip until the objectives of the war are met, which is to completely eliminate “the military and government capabilities of Hamas” in the Palestinian enclave. This was defended this Saturday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, just one day after the United States announced its proposal for the cessation of hostilities and the release of the hostages.

“Israel’s conditions for ending the war have not changed: the destruction of Hamas’s military and governance capacity, the release of all hostages and the guarantee that Gaza no longer represents a threat to Israel,” he said. the Israeli Prime Minister’s office in a statement posted on social media. “In accordance with the proposal, Israel will continue to insist that these conditions be met before a permanent ceasefire comes into force,” the message states.

The words are similar to those that Israel used this Friday after the announcement by the president of the United States, Joe Biden, about a truce proposal from Israel to Hamas for a lasting ceasefire in exchange for the release of all the hostages held by the militia. Palestinians have held hostages since last October. Biden showed his support for the text and asked both parties to accept it: “The war must end,” he expressed.

The Israeli prime minister’s team has confirmed that it has authorized its negotiators to present a draft truce to Hamas to free the hostages, but has made it clear that the war will not end until Israel achieves its military objectives.

The Palestinian militia, for its part, has declared that it views “positively” the truce proposal announced by Biden in terms of a “definitive ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip, the reconstruction of Gaza and the prisoner exchange”, and has assured that he is willing to deal constructively with any plan that includes these points.

Hamas has been insisting for days that it is prepared to reach an agreement to release the hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, as long as Israel ends the war in Gaza, where more than 36,200 people have already died, according to medical sources. who depend on Hamas.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian National Authority this morning welcomed the US president’s message and insisted on the need to “urgently” declare a “complete and permanent ceasefire” in Gaza. The leadership of the Palestinian Authority – President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Mohamed Mustafa – “underscores the need for the Israeli occupation to withdraw its forces from Gaza” and calls for the “opening and regaining control of all border crossings” towards the Palestinian enclave, Europa Press reports.


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