Israel Rejects Deal With Hamas

February 8, 2024

Surrendering to Hamas’ delusional demands that we heard now not only won’t lead to freeing the captives, it will just invite another massacre.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a nationally televised news conference on Wednesday evening after rejecting a plan proposed by Hamas that would include the phased release of Hamas’ hostages in exchange for Israel’s release of many Palestinian prisoners, ultimately taking steps towards ending the Israel-Hamas war.

Why It Matters: PM Netanyahu dismissed Hamas’ proposal, which “would effectively leave” the U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization Hamas “in power in Gaza and allow it to rebuilt its military capabilities,” The Associated Press reports (one of Israel’s goals in the war is to destroy Hamas’ military capabilities and governance). Netanyahu said, “We are on the way to an absolute victory,” adding, “There is no other solution.” He also said Israel’s victory is close, it’s a matter of months.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the nation’s top diplomat, indicated that though Hamas and Israel disagree, an agreement between the two leading to the release of hostages and a cease-fire is still possible. Currently visiting the Middle East, Sec. Blinken said, “While there are some clear non-starters in Hamas’ response, we do think it creates space for agreement to be reached, and we will work at that relentlessly until we get there.”

This week marks four months since Hamas’ terror attack on Israel, leading to a war, broader conflict in the Middle East and a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Read More: Blinken says a Hamas-Israel deal is still possible even though the sides remain far apart (The Associated Press)

Gaza ceasefire: Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu rejects Hamas’s proposed terms (BBC)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas