Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (file photo)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he has rejected Hamas terrorists’ conditions for the release of the hostages. The decision was taken hours after Hamas released a report justifying its October 7 attack on Israel.
PM Netanyahu said that, if we accept these conditions, the end of the war, the withdrawal of our forces from Gaza, the release of all the murderers, the martyrdom of our soldiers will be in vain. If we accept this, we will not be able to guarantee security.
250 hostages including women and children
On October 7, Hamas suddenly attacked Israel and killed about 1200 people, most of whom were civilians. The attackers took about 250 hostages, including men, women and children. Israel then launched a counter-offensive with an air campaign and then a ground offensive in northern Gaza, almost destroying the entire area. Israeli forces’ ground action is now focused on the southern city of Khan Yunis and refugee camps built in central Gaza.