Middle East, Netanyahu’s ultimatum: “Gaza under Israeli control”

Israel closes the door on a hypothetical agreement with Gaza in exchange for the release of the hostages. For Tel Aviv, the Gaza Strip must be completely under the control of Israeli security forces. “Gaza must be demilitarized, under full Israeli security control. I will not compromise full control of Israeli security west of the Jordan River.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated this.

Israel completely rejects Hamas’ demands for “surrender” in exchange for the release of hostages kidnapped on October 7. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated this in a video message, according to ‘The Times of Israel’. “So far we have brought home 110 hostages and we are committed to bringing them all back,” Netanyahu said. «I’m working on it every day. But let me be clear: I categorically reject the terms of the surrender of the Hamas monsters.” The prime minister explains that in exchange for the release of the hostages, “Hamas demands an end to the war, the exit of our forces from Gaza, the release of all murderers and rapists from the Nukhba forces. If we accept this, our soldiers will have fallen in vain.” If we agree to this, Netanyahu adds, “we cannot guarantee the safety of our citizens. We cannot bring displaced people home in security and another October 7th will only be a matter of time. I cannot accept such a fatal blow to Israeli security and therefore I cannot accept it.” The prime minister says he clarified Israel’s position on this issue to US President Biden when they spoke over the weekend.

Source: IL Tempo