A Raw Deal
Category: Op/EdBy: vic-eldred • 3 weeks ago • 52 comments
Quatar has been brokering a deal that supposedly brings the war in Gaza to another pause so that Israel and Hamas can exchange hostages for something to benefit Hamas. The US under Joe Biden is not only pressuring Israel to ease up on the fighting but is now openly advocating for a Palestinian state and has sent Secretary of state Antony Blinken to Israel to find "common ground."
Let us first examine the Hamas demands for hostages, something the dishonest American media has barely reported on.
1) A 7-stage framework
2) Israel must release thousands of Palestinian prisoners, including those who were sentenced to life in prison for the mass murder of Israelis
3) T he release of all women, children under the age of 18, and men over the age of 50 who are held in Israeli prisons. The third group included most of Hamas' detained senior leadership.
4) The release of 1,500 additional prisoners aged 18-50 who were convicted of killing Israelis. The group wanted to pick 500 of them, including those sentenced to life in prison.
5) Israel allow Palestinian civilians to return to their homes during the first phase of the deal and for a full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in the second phase of the agreement.
How did the New York Times report on those demands this morning?
The Times simply noted that Netanyahu rejected a Hamas cease fire proposal.
Netanyahu called Hamas' demands regarding Palestinian prisoners "crazy." I think just about any decent human being would agree, but then again, this is what "negotiating" with the Palestinians and their representatives has always been like. The American Israeli alliance is at a crossroads. Biden wants a ceasefire, and a Palestinian state and Prime Minister Netanyahu says that Israel is on its way to "a total victory" over Hamas within months.
"We are on the path to total victory," Netanyahu said during a press conference on Wednesday. "It's a matter of months. And I would like to emphasize again that there is no solution other than total victory. If Hamas survives in Gaza, it's only a matter of time until the next massacre."
Netanyahu Vows 'Total Victory' in Rejection of Gaza Ceasefire (msn.com)
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