Netanyahu Lays Out Conditions After Hamas Accepts Mediators’ Proposal

By Hamodia Staff

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a 40 signatures debate, at the plenum hall of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on June 24, 2024. )Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded Sunday to news of Hamas’ acceptance of a proposal drafted by U.S., Qatari and Egyptian mediators, outlining four conditions necessary for him to accept the deal.

Netanyahu’s office released a statement with the four conditions, which read:

“Any deal will allow Israel to resume fighting until all of objectives of the war have been achieved.”

Those objectives include removing the Hamas terror group from power and the release of all hostages.

“There will be no smuggling of weapons to Hamas from Egypt to the Gaza border.

“There will be no return of thousands of armed terrorists to the northern Gaza Strip.

“Israel will maximize the number of living hostages who will be released from Hamas captivity.

The statement also said that Israel’s continuation of the Rafah offensive amid heavy opposition “is what has led Hamas to enter negotiations.”

The terror group, in accepting the plan proposed by the negotiators, gave in on one of their previously stated red lines, that Israel immediately withdraw from Gaza. Instead, they agreed to negotiations of a withdrawal during a six-week first phase, wherein some hostages would be released.

Netanyahu’s office also stated that Israel has agreed to a plan “which has been welcomed by President Biden,” which will allow Israel to return hostages “without infringing on the other objectives of the war.”

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