Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the conditions for ending the war that were formulated by Hamas. – If we agree to this, we will not be able to guarantee the safety of our citizens, Netanyahu explained.
The war between Israel and the Hamas terrorists who control the Palestinian Gaza Strip broke out on October 7.
The bloodiest war in five decades
Its outbreak was initiated by a terrorist attack on the southern territory of Israel, during which approximately 1,200 people were murdered, mainly civilians, and approximately 240 were taken hostage to the Gaza Strip. In response, the authorities in Tel Aviv announced the complete destruction of Hamas.
So far, approximately 25,000 people have died as a result of warfare. inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, most of them civilians. It is the bloodiest war in this part of the world since the Yom Kippur War in 1973, when Israel was attacked by a coalition of Egypt and Syria.
Netanyahu rejected Hamas’ terms
On Sunday, January 21, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Hamas’s conditions for ending the war. He declared that his country would achieve a “total victory” after which Hamas would no longer control the Gaza Strip.
– In return for the release of our hostages, Hamas demands an end to the war, the departure of our forces from Gaza, the release of all murderers and rapists (…) and leaving Hamas untouched. (…) If we agree to this, we will not be able to guarantee the safety of our citizens. (…) The next one, October 7, will be only a matter of time. I cannot agree to such a fatal blow to Israel’s security, Netanyahu explained.
How many hostages remain in Hamas captivity?
So far, Hamas has released approximately 100 Israeli hostages who were abducted to the Gaza Strip. In return, the authorities in Tel Aviv released approximately 240 Palestinians who were imprisoned in Israeli prisons.
The exchange took place in November as part of a ceasefire agreement lasting several days. Netanyahu announced that exactly 136 Israeli hostages remain in the captivity of terrorists.
“We’re going to bring them all back.” I’m working on this around the clock. But let me be clear: I firmly reject the terms of surrender to the Hamas monsters, repeated the Israeli Prime Minister.
Demand for the demilitarization of Palestinian territories
The administration of US President Joe Biden is pressuring the Tel Aviv authorities to agree to the creation of an independent Palestine. Netanyahu made it clear that Israel could only agree to this scenario if the Palestinian territories were demilitarized.
“I will not compromise on full Israeli security control over all territory west of the Jordan River,” Netanyahu added.