Netanyahu says a ceasefire in Gaza will only come if Hamas gives up “delusional” demands

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that there would only be an agreement on a ceasefire in Gaza if the Palestinian group Hamas abandons its “delusional” ideas.

In an interview with American broadcaster CBS, Netanyahu acknowledged that there are strong differences with Hamas, but refused to clarify which of the Palestinian group’s demands went too far.

“If Hamas gives up its delusional demands and becomes aware of reality, then.” we will make progress “That’s what we all want,” he said.

In any case, Netanyahu noted that any agreement “cannot jeopardize an overall victory. about Hamas.

In addition, Netanyahu thanked weeks of efforts by the United States, Egypt and Qatar, the latter two main mediators in the Gaza war, to facilitate a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the exchange of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners.

Negotiations will continue

According to Egyptian state television Al Qahera News, which is very close to Egyptian intelligence, delegations from Egypt, Qatar, the United States, Israel and Hamas are present They resumed their negotiations this Sunday in Doha.

These talks in Doha come after the round of consultations held in Paris on Friday and Saturday between Israel, the US, Egypt and Qatar to determine the terms of a new agreement.

The parties have commented Optimism about reaching an agreement after that meeting in Paris, although the proposal has yet to be submitted to Hamas for consideration, as it said until last night that it was not aware of the new conditions.

According to Israeli media, the new draft calls for a six-week ceasefire Release of around 40 hostages in exchange for the release of 200 to 300 Palestinian prisoners.

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Israel and Hamas since the war began It was only at the end of November that they agreed on a one-week ceasefire. This enabled the release of 105 hostages in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners.

More than 29,600 people in the Gaza Strip were killed and more than 69,700 injured more than four months of war in the Gaza Strip, which began on October 7, 2023, after a brutal Hamas attack on Israeli soil in which about 1,200 people died and 250 were kidnapped.

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