Netanyahu rejects Hamas ceasefire proposal

Hamas’ proposal on how to end the war with Israel is not accepted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
– I emphasize: There is no other solution than a total victory. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time before the next massacre happens, Netanyahu said during a press conference on Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday, Hamas presented a plan on how to end the war with Israel. Among other things, Hamas proposes a truce of 135 days.

On Wednesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference where he rejected the proposals.

– I came here tonight to tell you that we are about to win this war. The IDF is working systematically and will make sure to free the hostages and eradicate Hamas, and Gaza will no longer be a threat to Israel. That is the decision I made at the beginning of the war and we will not settle for more or less, Netanyahu said.

At the same time, local media reports that the Israeli intelligence service Mossad is investigating the proposal, reports TT.

Stresses humanitarian aid in Gaza

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is visiting Israel and has discussed the situation with Netanyahu during the day.

After the meeting, Blinken expressed that there is still much to be done, and at the same time underlined that more measures are needed to get humanitarian aid to Gaza.

– We all have an obligation to do everything to get the necessary help to those who are in desperate need of it, said Blinken.

The political scientist: “The pressure is not excessively great”

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the Middle East expert and political scientist Anders Persson was a guest on Efter fem. According to Persson, it was unlikely that Netanyahu felt pressured to accept Hamas’ proposal.

– The pressure from the right-wing in Israel not to agree to this is actually greater than the pressure from the hostages’ families and the opposition, and I also don’t see that the pressure from the US is excessively great, says Anders Persson.

Do you dare to hope and believe that there will be a solution?

– Historically speaking, all wars end, and that also applies to wars in the Middle East. Sooner or later there will be a truce, but I think we are quite far from it. I think the gap between the parties is bigger than many people think.