Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has rejected the criteria that Hamas had provided for a ceasefire, claiming that “total victory” in Gaza could be achieved in a few months.
He said this while addressing a set of requests made by Hamas in reaction to a ceasefire plan that was supported by Israel.
Mr. Netanyahu called the group’s conditions “bizarre” and stated that talks with them were “not going anywhere”.
The goal of reaching a settlement is still being discussed.
Speaking to a news conference on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, “There is no other solution but a complete and final victory.
“If Hamas will survive in Gaza, it’s only a question of time until the next massacre.”
Although it was expected that Israel would object to Hamas’s counter-offer, this reaction is an unequivocal rejection, and Israeli authorities obviously view any attempt by Hamas to bring the conflict to a conclusion on its terms as wholly unacceptable.