Hamas Seems to Reject New Hostage Deal Offer, Says It’ll Only Accept Full IDF Pullout
Hamas on Monday evening, January 29, appeared to reject a new framework for a hostage deal that had been agreed to by Israel, saying it would not accept any agreement that did not include an end to the war and the withdrawal of all Israeli troops from Gaza.
The terror group issued a statement alongside a smaller terror group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, insisting Israel must halt its “aggression” and pull out of Gaza before any exchange deal takes place.
A senior Hamas official added that the terror group wants a “complete and comprehensive ceasefire” in Gaza. “We are talking first of all about a complete and comprehensive ceasefire, and not a temporary truce,” Taher al-Nunu told French media, saying that once the fighting stops, “the rest of the details can be discussed” including a hostage release.
Earlier, the Qatari prime minister said that he believed Hamas had “moved” from its demand for a complete ceasefire as a condition, something that has been outright rejected by Israel. Multiple Israeli networks reported earlier that Israel negotiators in Paris had agreed Sunday to a framework proposal for a hostage release deal.
The draft offer, hatched during a meeting of the heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet intelligence agencies with senior US, Qatari, and Egyptian officials, was being presented Monday to Hamas, according to American media.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Bnei David Institutions in the town of Eli and addressed the reports of the hostage deal, stating: “We will not withdraw the IDF from the Gaza Strip and we will not release thousands of terrorists. None of this will happen. What will happen? Total victory!” (TOI / VFI News)
“Lord, we pray for all the hostages and their families who are being tormented daily, months after the war broke out. We pray for their physical and mental health and we hope that their release will not be delayed any longer. We ask that You help our leaders negotiate and reach an agreement for the immediate release of the hostages and the cessation of all hostilities against Israel. We pray for peace and safety in our region.”
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