Netanyahu remarks complicate cease-fire negotiations, critics say | EUROtoday

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu injected new uncertainty into cease-fire negotiations late Sunday, insisting that Israel ought to be capable to resume combating as a part of any deal accepted by negotiators.

The assertion, issued at a crunch second for talks, appeared to boost the bar for what Israel would settle for in a deal and additional tempered any lingering expectations of an imminent peace.

Netanyahu stipulated that “any deal will allow Israel to resume fighting until all of the objectives of the war have been achieved.” A press release issued by his workplace steered that the prime minister could be unwilling to totally decide to a everlasting cease-fire till the entire elimination of Hamas in Gaza — one thing he has repeatedly described as a key intention of the battle, alongside the discharge of the hostages and the guaranteeing of Israel’s safety.

Netanyahu’s workplace additionally stated that any deal would wish to forestall the smuggling of weapons from Egypt into the Gaza and “maximize the number of living hostages” launched by Hamas — fairly than the return of all of the hostages.

The assertion was criticized by Netanyahu’s home political opponents in addition to Israeli demonstrators campaigning for a hostage-release deal. On Sunday, opposition chief Yair Lapid condemned Netanyahu’s assertion as “provocative messages,” whereas protesters in Tel Aviv accused the Israeli prime minister of stymying peace talks with the brand new situations.


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“With his irresponsible statement, Netanyahu once again proved himself to be the one who obstructed [the deal],” stated Einav Zangauker, a mom of one of many hostages, who suspended herself in a cage above the demonstration in Tel Aviv in protest.

The assertion comes because the United States, Egypt and Qatar proceed makes an attempt to dealer a cease-fire and hostage launch deal. In May, President Biden outlined a three-phase plan that features a six-week preliminary stage with a cease-fire and a surge in humanitarian support, forming the premise of the present spherical of talks.

CIA Director William J. Burns, a key U.S. participant in previous cease-fire negotiations, is returning to the Middle East this week because the Biden administration seeks to nudge the method ahead, in accordance with a Middle East authorities official accustomed to the preparations.

Burns will arrive in Cairo on Tuesday and can journey onward to Qatar for conferences with Israeli, Qatari and Egyptian officers and intelligence counterparts on Wednesday, stated the official, who requested anonymity in discussing ongoing negotiations. The CIA declined to touch upon Burns’s journey.

On Monday, Israeli media reported that an Israeli delegation led by intelligence chief Ronen Bar would proceed negotiations in Egypt.

Last week, Israel and Hamas resumed oblique talks in Doha, Qatar, sparking muted optimism after weeks of back-and-forth. According to an individual accustomed to the negotiations, one of many new sticking factors is the transition from the primary to the second section of the proposed framework settlement.

As talks sputtered, Israel’s navy stated it was persevering with operations within the Gaza Strip. The Israel Defense Forces introduced Monday that troops have begun an operation in Gaza City, together with within the space of the headquarters of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that aids Palestinian refugees. The IDF stated intelligence indicated the presence of Hamas “terrorist infrastructure, operatives, weapons, and investigation and detention rooms” in areas of town.

Juliette Touma, an UNRWA spokeswoman, stated she had no info on operations on the headquarters, which the company’s employees evacuated in October. It has since been utilized by displaced Palestinians looking for shelter, in addition to by the IDF as a base of operations, she stated.

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Israeli forces stated they struck a number of Hezbollah navy targets throughout southern Lebanon. In an announcement Monday, the Israel Defense Forces stated its fighter jets hit a weapons storage facility and different targets on Lebanese territory and fired artillery to “remove a threat” in different elements of the nation’s south.

At least 38,193 folks have been killed and 87,903 injured in Gaza for the reason that battle began, in accordance with the Gaza Health Ministry, which doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants however says the vast majority of the useless are ladies and kids. Israel estimates that about 1,200 folks have been killed in Hamas’s Oct. 7 assault, together with greater than 300 troopers, and it says 323 troopers have been killed for the reason that begin of its navy operations in Gaza.