Netanyahu rules out an “all for all” deal: Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners

The chairman of the Hamas politburo, Ismail Haniyeh, said this Tuesday that they had received a ceasefire proposal after talks between mediators in Paris and that they were studying it. He also added that he would visit Cairo to discuss the plan, according to Saudi media outlet Al Arabiya.

Haniyeh declared that Hamas was the priority is to end the Israeli military offensive and ensure a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

A summit of intelligence chiefs was held in the French capital last weekend, ending on Sunday with progress reports on an agreement that could lead to the release of the hostages and an extended ceasefire.

The summit, under the auspices of the United States, was attended by the head of the foreign intelligence agency Mossad, David Barneaand the head of the domestic intelligence service, Shin Ben, Ronen Barthe head of the American secret service CIA, William Burnsand the head of the Egyptian secret service, Abbas camel, and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani.

Hours after Haniyeh’s statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his visit to a pre-military academy in the West Bank to say soand Israel will not release “thousands of terrorists.”

Indeed, Israeli media reported yesterday that Israel had accepted a framework that would allow for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for each hostage.

However, Netanyahu said: “This is not another round, not another exchange of blows, nor another operation: a complete victory,” he said at the Bnei David Academy in the Eli settlement. “Nothing less than that. I am committed to it, our fighters are committed to it and the absolute majority of people are committed to it. “We won’t settle for anything less than an overall victory.”

He also reiterated that Israel “will not end this war unless all of its objectives are achieved. That means eliminating Hamas, returning all of our hostages and promising that Gaza will no longer pose a threat to Israel.”

“We will not withdraw troops from Gaza and we will not release thousands of terrorists”, he promised. “None of this will happen. What will happen? Absolute victory!”

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