Hamas Reveals Terms of Peace with Israel, Netanyahu Accepts? News – 16 minutes ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Ismail Haniyeh Haniyeh said his party was open to negotiations to end the ongoing war with conditions.

Haniyeh insisted that if there is peace, a post-war agreement must involve the Hamas group to organize the government in Palestine.

“Any arrangement in Gaza or Palestine without Hamas or resistance factions is a delusion,” Haniyeh said in his televised speech, quoted from the Times of Israel, Sunday, (17/12/2023).

He said Hamas was ready for talks that could lead to a political path that guarantees the Palestinian people’s right to their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. He also promised to put order in the homes of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

However, he did not mention the state of Israel which lives side by side with the state of Palestine. Hamas openly desires Israel’s destruction and has vowed to carry out attacks similar to those carried out on 7 October until this is achieved.

Netanyahu Gives Signal of New Negotiations

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at new negotiations with Hamas. In particular, negotiations regarding the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

In a televised press conference on Saturday, Netanyahu called the conflict an “existential war” that must be fought to victory despite the pressure and costs.

He even said that Gaza would be demilitarized and come under Israeli security control. His statement came a day after Israeli forces accidentally killed three of their own citizens out of more than 100 captives.

Netanyahu said Israel’s offensive in Gaza had helped reach a deal to release some of the prisoners in November and vowed to maintain strong military pressure on Hamas.

“The instructions I gave to the negotiating team were based on this pressure, without which we will not get anything,” Al Jazeera quoted Netanyahu as saying.

Netanyahu’s comments came after the head of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, met with the prime minister of Qatar, the country that mediates between Israel and Hamas, and whose efforts resulted in a seven-day ceasefire and hostage exchange last month.

Earlier on Saturday, Qatar confirmed that talks were underway for a possible new ceasefire. “We have serious criticism of Qatar… but at the moment we are trying to complete the recovery of our hostages,” he said.

A Hamas statement later said the group “affirmed its position not to open negotiations for a prisoner exchange unless aggression against our people stops once and for all.”

“This motion conveys this position to all mediators,” he added.

On Friday, Israeli forces admitted that they mistakenly killed three hostages held by Hamas, all in their 20s, in the Shijaiyah area of ​​Gaza City, where troops were engaged in heavy fighting with Hamas.

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