Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected any terms in a proposed deal to exchange prisoners and prisoners with the Islamist militant group Hamas that would lead to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, leading a rally this time. The families of the prisoners were attacked this evening by the Israeli War Cabinet. The Israelis held a meeting of the finance committee in the Knesset.
Netanyahu said he categorically rejected the prisoner exchange proposal because it demanded Israel's surrender, and he said continued military pressure was the only way to get the Israeli hostages back.
Israel's Channel 7 quoted Finance Minister Bezalel Smodrich as confirming that he would not agree to a deal that included a cessation of hostilities in Gaza.
For his part, Israeli War Council member Gadi Eisenkot said that despite the loss of the opportunity to eliminate Hamas leaders, the fate of the hostages should take priority over other war objectives, he added. If Israel wants to release them alive, an agreement will be reached soon.
Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper explains that the head of the Israeli Mossad, David Barnia, will give a briefing during the session on the progress made in drawing up a possible new exchange deal with Hamas.
According to a Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper report, the head of Mossad will participate in a war council this evening to provide information on a possible prisoner exchange deal with the Hamas movement, crystallizing a new deal.
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Families of Israeli prisoners detained in the Gaza Strip boycotted a finance committee meeting in the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem on Monday.
The operation, carried out by about 20 people, comes amid growing opposition within Israel in the fourth month of the war on Gaza.
Last Sunday, families of prisoners camped near Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's home in West Jerusalem, demanding that the government reach a deal to return prisoners from the Gaza Strip.
For its part, the Hebrew newspaper “Haaretz” said on Monday that the families of 15 prisoners in the Gaza Strip met with Netanyahu in West Jerusalem and that “each family was allowed to send two representatives to the meeting.”
The families of the Israeli detainees said Netanyahu had indicated that there was no suitable deal for the return of the abductees.
Netanyahu faces criticism and anger over what was seen as a “security failure” on October 7, when fighters from the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, were able to launch a large-scale attack on settlements. In addition to the failure to free Israeli prisoners in Gaza, many of them were killed near the Gaza Strip, during attempts to free them, or as a result of violent shelling of the Gaza Strip.
Efforts by the United States, Qatar and Egypt to mediate another round of freeing the detained prisoners appear unsuccessful, with Israel insisting that Hamas's destruction is among the targets. The movement demands a comprehensive cease-fire, an Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, and the release of thousands of Palestinians from its prisons, including key leaders of Hamas.
On October 7, Hamas launched attacks on Israeli military positions and settlements around the Gaza Strip, during which approximately 1,200 Israelis were killed, approximately 5,431 were wounded, and the movement captured at least 239 others.
Hamas exchanged 105 civilians, including 81 Israelis, 23 Thai citizens and one Filipino, during a seven-day temporary humanitarian standoff that ended in early December in exchange for the release of 240 Palestinian prisoners (71 female prisoners) from Israeli jails. and 169 children).
According to similar media reports and statements by Israeli officials, Israel estimates that “there are still 136 hostages in the Gaza Strip.”