Hamas Refuses

(RightIsRight.co) – Underscoring the terrorist groups’ unrelenting desire to eradicate the Jewish state, the ongoing conflict in Gaza has reached a critical stage following Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s rejection of an Egyptian-led truce proposal with Israel.

The proposal aimed at ceasing hostilities included a significant condition: ending Hamas’ rule in Gaza through the formation of a Palestinian parliament and free elections. However, according to Egyptian security sources, the militant groups firmly declined this condition.

Instead, the groups focused their discussions on a prisoner swap, seeking the release of over 100 Israeli hostages in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners detained in Israel. A Hamas official reaffirmed this stance and indicated that discussions about a swap would only start once Israel’s military completely withdraws from Gaza.

Hamas’ official also emphasized the need for continued and increased aid for the people in Gaza, stating, “Hamas seeks to end the Israeli aggression against our people, the massacres and genocide, and we discussed with our Egyptian brothers the ways to do that.”

In response to Hamas’ refusal, Israel’s war cabinet met, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a firm stance, insisting that the war would only conclude when Hamas is destroyed. He stated, “Anyone who talks about stopping — no. We’re not stopping. This is going to go until the end. Until we finish them. No less than that.”

Despite the grim outlook, Izzat al-Risheq, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, suggested that peace negotiations have not been entirely dismissed, expressing a desire for a complete halt to aggression.

The proposed Egyptian plan comprises three phases, starting with a two-week truce involving the release of 40 hostages in exchange for 120 prisoners. Subsequent phases include establishing a new government in Gaza and striving for permanent peace with the liberation of all hostages. However, both Hamas and Israel appear reluctant to accept this proposal.

Amidst these tense negotiations, Netanyahu emphasized his commitment to military pressure as the primary strategy for freeing the remaining hostages in Gaza, despite leftwing criticism of Israel’s handling of the conflict and the October 7 massacre.

Highlighting international efforts to secure the swift release of hostages, the International Committee of the Red Cross has also been involved, attempting to provide aid, although with limited success.