No Ceasefire Until Hamas is Neutralized, Vows Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that a permanent ceasefire in Gaza is contingent upon the complete destruction of Hamas' military and governing capabilities, the release of hostages, and the assurance that Gaza poses no threat to Israel. His comments follow a proposal by U.S. President Joe Biden for a phased ceasefire agreement.


Reuters | Jerusalem | Updated: 01-06-2024 15:46 IST | Created: 01-06-2024 15:46 IST
No Ceasefire Until Hamas is Neutralized, Vows Netanyahu
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday there would be no permanent ceasefire in Gaza until Hamas' military and governing capabilities were destroyed. His comments in a statement published online came after U.S. President Joe Biden said that Israel had proposed a three-phase deal for a ceasefire in Gaza in exchange for Hamas releasing hostages.

"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," Netanyahu said. "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," he added.

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