The Israeli War Council, in a state of anger, concluded a meeting held in Tel Aviv last night, Thursday, to discuss the demands of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and give answers regarding the prisoner exchange agreement held in the Gaza Strip. It is a coincidence that families of detainees blocked the main road leading to the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, demanding the return of their children.
Israel Radio reported that ministers were seen angry after Defense Minister Yoav Galant and Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi walked out midway through the meeting, indicating the council would hold another meeting next week, with no details released about either meeting. Not given.
Although no official statement was issued on the outcome of the meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on continuing the war and threatened to launch a military operation in Rafah to put military pressure on the Hamas movement amid US refusal. An operation in Rafah, where there are crowds of displaced people.
Netanyahu publicly confirmed Israel's refusal to accede to the demands of the Hamas movement, in turn, demanding from Minister in the War Council Benny Gantz that the issue of detainees in Gaza be given top priority.
The Ministerial Council for Security and Political Affairs is expected to meet after the conclusion of the War Council meeting.
Against the backdrop of the crisis over the detainees in the Gaza Strip and the failure to find a way to guarantee their return alive, Netanyahu has faced repeated criticism from many politicians within Israel and including members of the war council.
In this context, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken – who ended his visit to Israel yesterday – expressed surprise that Netanyahu is looking for a confrontation with Washington.
Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, citing US officials, reported that Blinken was surprised by the involvement of Netanyahu's political views in the issue of detainees and that Blinken was more committed to repatriating them than Netanyahu.
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Meanwhile, families of Israeli prisoners detained in Gaza blocked the main Menachem Begin Street leading to the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, and waved a large banner demanding the conclusion of the exchange agreement.
Protesters also held banners saying that failure to reach an agreement would mean the death penalty for their children detained in the Gaza Strip.
On the other hand, thousands of right-wing Israelis demonstrated in the city of Jerusalem and demanded that the government not reach a deal with Hamas for a prisoner exchange, and not stop fighting in the Gaza Strip until Israel's stated goals of the war are met. May it not happen. achieved.
Tel Aviv estimates there are about 136 Israeli prisoners in Gaza, while there are at least 8,800 Palestinians in its prisons.
Last Wednesday, Hamas announced its approval of the Paris Framework that was presented to it last week, and added an annex to it that included a three-phase plan, each phase lasting 45 days, during which both Military operations of the parties will be completely halted and prisoners and dead bodies will be exchanged.