Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the proposal for a ceasefire launched by Hamas under conditions and insisted on increasing the pressure to achieve “a complete victory.”
“Continuing military pressure is a necessary condition to free the hostages, surrendering to Hamas will only lead to another massacre,” Netanyahu said at a press conference hours after learning of his enemy’s plan.
In the same speech, the Hebrew Prime Minister insisted that the Israeli Army “needs to destroy Hamas” until the Strip “does not represent any threat to Israel.”
Aware of his internal weakness and growing rejection of Israeli society, Netanyahu wants to highlight the “unprecedented achievements” of his army in the Strip, where, he says, “it continues to killing terrorists”, destroying command centers, military infrastructure or “the tunnels where Hamas is hiding.”
For this reason, he asked not to slow down until the so-called “final victory” is achieved in a conflict that is four months old and could end in “a few months” against Hamas, an organization that considered in Tel Aviv to be a terrorist. .
“We are on the road to total victory. Victory is within our reach. We will continue until the end, there is no alternative but total victory,” he insisted, before declaring that after the possible defeat of Islamist group, Israel will maintain control of Gaza and will try to ensure that it is “demilitarized forever.”
Hamas’s three-stage proposal
Early in the morning, a plan for the ceasefire was known based on the release of kidnapped people in Gaza and Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, which Hamas structured in three phases, respectively lasts 45 days.
Initially, the hostages “women and children (under 19, non-military), the elderly and the sick, will be released in exchange for a certain number of Palestinian prisoners,” detailed the text via Telegram that given shortly by the mediators of Qatar and Egypt.
In the second stage, the hostages held by Hamas to be released are all kidnapped people, in exchange for another exchange of Palestinian prisoners, as well as a complete withdrawal of the Israeli Army from the Palestinian enclave. Finally, there was an exchange of the lifeless bodies of the hostages, at least 27, and other prisoners who had already died at the hands of Israel and Hamas.