No agreement has yet been reached on the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a press conference on Saturday night.
Denying “false reports” of an imminent deal to release some of the roughly 240 hostages held in Gaza, Netanyahu assured that Israelis would be informed if such a deal were reached.
“All Israelis are marching with youhe said to families of hostages who took part in the five-day march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to press the government to do everything it can to secure the release of Hamas captives.
The Israeli prime minister said he had invited a delegation of the families to talks with his cabinet in the coming days. He recommitted how Israel “will continue to fight until Hamas is destroyed”, defying international pressure to end the war.
Asked about the US President’s op-ed in the Washington Postin which Joe Biden expresses his belief that after the end of the war the Palestinian Authority should take over the governance of both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, Israel’s prime minister appeared cautious. “As it stands today, Netanyahu argued, the Palestinian Authority is unfit to take over governance in the Gaza Striphe characteristically said.
He pointed out that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas still refuses to condemn the October 7 massacre in Israell, while some of his ministers are “celebrating what happened”. “It is impossible to install a civilian government in Gaza that supports terrorism, encourages terrorism, finances terrorism and trains for terrorist acts“, he emphasized.
Source: News Beast
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