Netanyahu Reveals Strategy for Rafah Operation Amid Hostage Negotiations

By Yoni Weiss

Palestinians inspect the site of an Israeli strike on a house in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, Feb. 24. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has disclosed plans for a crucial Cabinet meeting next week aimed at finalizing the IDF’s strategy in Rafah. The strategy encompasses the evacuation of civilians from the area and comes in the midst of ongoing negotiations with Hamas for the release of hostages held by the militant group.

In a social media post, Netanyahu emphasized the pressing need to establish a new framework for hostage release and complete the elimination of Hamas battalions in Rafah.

He noted the importance of employing a combination of military pressure and diplomatic negotiations to achieve these objectives. The prime minister revealed that a delegation was sent to Paris for discussions, and further steps in the negotiations will be deliberated in the upcoming cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu concluded his statement by reaffirming the government’s unwavering determination to attain its goals in the ongoing conflict. The prime minister stressed the necessity of a comprehensive strategy that seamlessly integrates military action with diplomatic efforts.

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