Terms of a new swap deal leak, and Netanyahu sets red lines

Israeli Channel 12 revealed details of a potential exchange deal between the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Israel, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that the anticipated deal would not go through at any price, and said he had red lines.

The channel reported that Mossad chief David Barnia told the Israeli War Council “a document of principles” for the deal, which includes the release of 35 Israeli detainees in the Gaza Strip in the first phase, including women, the wounded and the elderly. , in exchange for a ceasefire for 35 days.

He added, “To negotiate the possibility of completing the second phase of the deal, it is then possible to extend the peace for an additional week, which includes the release of the youth and all those whom Hamas describes as its own.” Is.” Soldier.”

The channel acknowledged that “the essence of the disagreement on the Israeli side is not necessarily the number of security prisoners (Palestinian prisoners) that Israel will be forced to release from prisons, but rather their quality.” He pointed out that a deal that included the release of large numbers of Palestinian prisoners whom Israel blamed for involvement in attacks that resulted in the killing of Israelis would be “difficult for the public and politicians to digest.”

According to the channel, the ball is now in the court of Hamas, which was briefed by the mediators on the main points of the deal and is awaiting its response.

On Tuesday, the head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, announced that his movement had received the deal proposal that was circulated within the framework of efforts to stop the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, and that he was studying it.

3 prisoners

For its part, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said that Hamas “insists that the next settlement includes 3 known Palestinian prisoners, only one of whom is a member of the movement.”

The list that Hamas is expected to present includes big names considered capable of changing the face of the Palestinian Authority led by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, the newspaper reported, in the latest opinion poll conducted in the West Bank. Preferred candidate to become head of the authority after Abu Mazen (President). Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas).

From right: Ahmed Sadat - Marwan Barghouthi - Abdullah Barghouthi
From right: Ahmed Sadat, Marwan Barghouthi, and Abdallah Barghouthi (French)

“The second name Hamas is pushing is that of Ahmed Sadat, secretary general of the Popular Front,” the newspaper added, adding that Israel refused to release Sadat under the Shalit deal in 2011. Was and described him as a. As Barghouti, “an important popular figure in Palestinian society.”

As for the third prisoner, Yedioth Ahronoth said he is Abdullah Barghouti, a member of Hamas and one of the leaders of the movement's military wing in the West Bank, who is currently serving a 67-year life sentence, an “unprecedented ” is the sentence in Israel, according to the newspaper, which confirmed that Tel Aviv also refused to release Barghouti in the Shalit deal.

Netanyahu's position

On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that efforts are continuing to reach a new prisoner exchange deal, but he stressed that it will not be done at any cost. He said in a video clip published yesterday, Wednesday, that those red lines include not stopping the war and not withdrawing military forces from the Gaza Strip and not releasing thousands of Palestinian prisoners.

Netanyahu added, “We are working to release our kidnappers, to destroy Hamas, and to ensure that Gaza is no longer a threat. We are working to achieve three goals simultaneously , and we will not spare any of them.”

Israeli Channel 12 said Netanyahu informed families of detainees in Gaza that he would approve a deal that would not harm Israel's security, even if it led to the fall of his government.

Commenting on Netanyahu's position, an Israeli official familiar with the progress of the talks expressed fears that the prime minister would pressure Hamas to “scuttle the deal.” Haaretz newspaper quoted the unnamed official as saying there were fears that “the extremism in Netanyahu's statements in recent days is aimed at encouraging Hamas to harden its position and undermine the agreement.”

“Such a move could allow Israel to continue fighting while blaming Hamas for the failure of the talks,” he said.

According to official sources on both sides, Israel estimates there are about 136 Israeli prisoners in Gaza, while there are at least 8,800 Palestinians in its prisons.

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