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Netanyahu sets firm conditions for Ceasefire in Gaza



Netanyahu sets firm conditions for Ceasefire in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has outlined stringent conditions for ending the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip. On Saturday, Netanyahu declared that the war would only cease with the complete destruction of Hamas’s military capabilities and the release of all Israeli hostages.

A statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office emphasized that these prerequisites are non-negotiable for a permanent ceasefire.

“Israel’s conditions for ending the war have not changed: The destruction of Hamas military and governing capabilities, the freeing of all hostages and ensuring that Gaza no longer poses a threat to Israel.

“Under the proposal, Israel will continue to insist these conditions are met before a permanent ceasefire is put in place. The notion that Israel will agree to a permanent ceasefire before these conditions are fulfilled is a non-starter,” the statement read.

The declaration underscores the intractable nature of the conflict, with both sides entrenched in their positions. Netanyahu’s insistence on these terms reflects Israel’s determination to neutralize what it perceives as an existential threat from Hamas. However, this hardline stance also raises critical questions about the potential for further escalation and the humanitarian impact on Gaza’s civilian population.

Critics argue that Netanyahu’s conditions may exacerbate the already dire situation in Gaza, where infrastructure has been heavily damaged and civilian casualties are mounting. The call for the complete dismantling of Hamas’s military infrastructure suggests a prolonged and intensified military campaign, potentially leading to more widespread devastation.

Moreover, the insistence on these conditions without any room for negotiation could stall diplomatic efforts aimed at achieving a peaceful resolution. The international community has expressed concern over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and has called for measures to protect civilians and ensure the delivery of essential aid.

As the conflict continues, the rigid positions of both Israel and Hamas appear to leave little room for compromise, raising the specter of prolonged violence and instability in the region.