Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected a proposal for a Gaza war truce by Hamas.
SaharaReporters had reported how Hamas militants wrote a new plan for a four-and-a-half-month ceasefire in Gaza, during which all hostages will be released, Israel’s army will leave from the Gaza Strip, and an end-of-war agreement will be reached between the parties during this time.
The proposed agreement was seen by Reuters in a document confirmed by sources, stating that Hamas was demanding a full end to the war as a pre-condition before releasing hostages it seized on October 7 in the raid that precipitated Israel’s assault.
This came as a response to an offer sent last week by Qatari and Egyptian mediators and cleared by Israel and the United States.
But the Isreal’s Prime Minister turned down the proposal because he felt his team was about to win the war which had last for about four months.
Netanyahu said victory was within reach and only total defeat of the Hamas would make Isreal to vacate its forces from Gaza
“We are on the path to total victory. Victory is within reach,” he said at a televised press briefing posted by Reuters and seen on X by SaharaReporters.
He continued: “Only total victory will allow us to restore security in Israel, both in the north and in the south.”
Netanyahu said Israel’s military had killed or wounded more than half of Hamas’s armed forces in the four months of war and this indicated that they are close to victory.
Israel’s air and military personnel in Gaza had killed at least 27,500 Palestinians, displaced the majority of the strip’s 2.3 million people, and plunged the blockaded coastal enclave into a humanitarian crisis, triggering a claim of genocide at the International Court of Justice, which Israel denies.
The war was triggered by a Hamas-led attack on southern Israeli towns and military bases on October 7, in which 1,200 people were killed and 253 seized as hostages.
During the only truce so far, which lasted a week at the end of November, 110 Israeli and foreign hostages were released in exchange for 240 Palestinians Israel was holding.