Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is again reaffirming his commitment to obliterating Hamas.
The terrorist group issued another counterproposal for an end to the current conflict, requesting a four-and-a-half-month ceasefire during which it would release all of the remaining Israeli hostages, alive and dead. In exchange, Hamas wants Israel to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and agree to end the war.
In response, Netanyahu said these proposals were “delusional” and reiterated the importance of “total victory” over Hamas.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also agreed that the counterproposal didn’t have considerable negotiating power. In a press briefing yesterday, Blinken said the proposal had “non-starters,” but indicated there could be something to come out of the idea regardless.
Blinken is currently in the Middle East to discuss the ongoing military campaign and possible humanitarian ceasefires. Meeting with Israel and other Arab nations, Blinken continues to assert that a two-state solution is the goal for lasting peace in the region.
But Netanyahu still denies that this is the right way to go about peace. The prime minister said Israel should be given defensive control over the region to prevent anything like Hamas from surfacing again.