Hamas on Saturday offered the release of hostages in Gaza in exchange for the release of all Palestinian prisoners in Israel.
The offer was made openly by the leader of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, shortly after being placed on the desk of the terrorist group’s spokesperson, Abu Obeida.
Sinwar, who himself was a terrorist released in a prisoner exchange in 2011, admitted that Hamas was ready to fulfill the agreement immediately.
“We are ready immediately to conclude an exchange agreement that includes the release of all prisoners in the prisons of the Zionist enemy in exchange for the release of all prisoners held by the resistance (hostages),” he said in a statement.
“The price to be paid for the large number of enemy prisoners in our hands is to empty the (Israeli) prisons of all (Palestinian) prisoners,” he said. Abu Obeida for his part in a statement broadcast on the television channel Al-Aqsa.
The terrorist spokesman assured that “there are contacts on the issue of prisoners and there is an opportunity for an agreement,” but he accused Israel of stopping the talks.
“If the enemy (Israel) wants to end the hostage issue once and for all, we are ready,” he assured.
According to records from the Israeli authorities, 230 people were kidnapped by Hamas and their terrorist allies on October 7, from whom they are hiding in Gaza.
Abu Obeida made many threats against Israel, ensuring that the terrorists in Hamas were waiting for the Israeli troops when they decided to make a wide invasion.
“The enemy will taste a greater defeat than he expected or feared. The time for the collapse of Zionism has begun,” said the spokesperson for Hamas.
“The era of perceived military and intelligence superiority of the enemy (Israel) is over,” he added.
Abu Obeida He appealed to the Palestinians, urging them to consider this war “a decisive battle in the history of the Palestinian nation.”
He also criticized the countries of the Arab world and accused them of not providing the necessary assistance to Gaza right now.
The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, assured us today that more pressure is being put on Hamas, the greater the chance of freeing the captives of his power.
Netanyahu had a new meeting with the families of the hostages after they expressed their concern for the safety of their loved ones in the face of heavy air attacks in Gaza.
“I have to tell you, before going into details, that this effort has not only stopped but is going much further,” the president told the families, according to a statement from his office.
“We will exhaust all possibilities to bring it back. If I had to say what the key is, the key is the pressure level. The greater the pressure, the greater the possibility,” he added.
Israel believes that Hamas is trying to prolong the hostage issue to avoid a ground raid on Israel and has scrapped other promises to release some hostages as an attempt at psychological warfare against the families of the hostages as well as the general population.
Hamas released four hostages since the terrorist massacre on October 7: an American-Israeli mother and daughter and two elderly Israeli women, in a deal brokered by Qatar, which houses the US military base and the political bureau of Hamas.
Israel He publicly insisted that all hostages should be released unconditionally and rejected efforts to separate those who also have foreign citizenship from other captives.