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Israel’s Netanyahu rejects Hamas’s proposed ceasefire terms


February 8, 2024

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected Hamas’s proposed ceasefire terms – saying “total victory” in Gaza is possible within months.

He was speaking after Hamas laid out a series of demands in response to an Israel-backed ceasefire proposal.

Mr Netanyahu said negotiations with the group were “not going anywhere” and described their terms as “bizarre”.

Talks are continuing to try to reach some sort of deal.

Israel was expected to take issue with Hamas’s counter-offer, but this response is a categorical rebuke, and Israeli officials clearly see an effort by Hamas to end the war on its terms as utterly unacceptable.

Part of Hamas’ demand include exchanging hostages for Palestinian prisoners and rebuilding Gaza, full withdrawal of Israeli forces and an end to the war after three 45-day truce periods.