Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has firmly rejected the surrender terms proposed by Hamas in the ongoing conflict. In a recent statement, according to JNS, Netanyahu emphasized Israel's intention to maintain full security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River. This decision comes as Israel continues its military operations aimed at demilitarizing the Gaza Strip and securing the release of hostages.
Netanyahu's statement, made on Sunday night, outlined the ongoing war efforts across multiple fronts. He declared that Israel grants no immunity to terrorists, whether in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, or elsewhere. “Anyone who attempts to harm us—we strike back,” he stated.
The Prime Minister highlighted the issue of hostages, stating that 110 have been retrieved so far and expressing a commitment to bringing back all remaining captives. This mission remains one of the key objectives of the war, with military pressure being a crucial element for its completion.
Rejecting Hamas’s demands, Netanyahu stated, "Hamas monsters’ terms of surrender are unacceptable. They demand the end of the war, withdrawal of our forces from Gaza, release of Nukhba criminals, and leaving Hamas intact, which is not acceptable. Agreeing to this means our soldiers have fallen in vain and compromises the security of our citizens and the safe return of evacuees."
Netanyahu’s rejection of Hamas's terms is consistent with his message to U.S. President Joe Biden over the weekend. He expressed gratitude for U.S. support but reaffirmed his stance on Israel's vital interests.
Hamas’s demands, as reported, include a total end to the war and Israel’s complete withdrawal from Gaza, alongside international guarantees for Hamas's continued power in the Strip.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have reported that 136 hostages are still held in Gaza, with many believed to be deceased. Recent operations in Gaza, including the discovery of a massive tunnel in Khan Yunis, signify ongoing efforts to counter Hamas’s actions.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that Israeli troops are still exerting force in the Khan Yunis area and that the military operation will expand. “The mushroom clouds from the tanks, artillery, and Air Force planes will continue to cover the skies of Gaza until we achieve our goals,” he said.
The conflict has also led to significant financial seizures by Israeli forces, with approximately 15 million shekels confiscated from Hamas offices in Gaza.
As the conflict continues, the death of Staff Sgt. Shay Levinson, who served in the 77th “Oz” Battalion of the 7th Armored Brigade, was also announced by the IDF. Levinson was murdered on Oct. 7, with his body seized by Hamas.