Possible Exchange Deal with Hamas and 35-day Truce Featured


Details of the Deal

Israeli Channel 12 recently revealed some information about a potential exchange deal between Hamas and Israel. The deal, which is still being discussed, would involve the release of 35 Israeli detainees in the Gaza Strip, including women, the wounded, and the elderly. In return, there would be a truce for 35 days. After that, negotiations would continue for the release of more detainees, including young people and those whom Hamas considers to be soldiers.

Concerns about the Deal

The main concern on the Israeli side is not just the number of prisoners that would be released, but also their quality. Releasing a large number of prisoners who were involved in attacks against Israelis would be difficult for the public and politicians to accept.

Hamas' Response

The ball is now in Hamas' court. Mediators have presented the main points of the deal to Hamas, and they are waiting for a response. Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas Political Bureau, announced that they have received the proposal and are studying it.

The Prisoners Hamas Wants Released

Hamas insists that the deal includes three specific Palestinian prisoners. One of them is Marwan Barghouti, a leader in the Fatah movement who is considered a popular figure in Palestinian society. The second is Ahmed Saadat, the Secretary-General of the Popular Front. The third is Abdullah Barghouti, a member of Hamas and a leader of their military wing in the West Bank.

Netanyahu's Position

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that he is willing to negotiate a new prisoner exchange deal, but there are red lines that cannot be crossed. He will not agree to stop the war, withdraw army forces from Gaza, or release thousands of Palestinian prisoners. Netanyahu wants to ensure the safety of Israel and eliminate the threat posed by Hamas.

Fears and Concerns

Some officials are worried that Netanyahu's strong statements may push Hamas to reject the deal. They fear that his words might encourage Hamas to take a harder stance and undermine the negotiations. This could allow Israel to continue fighting while blaming Hamas for the failure of the talks.

The Prisoner Situation

Currently, Israel estimates that there are around 136 Israeli prisoners in Gaza. On the other hand, they hold approximately 8,800 Palestinians in their prisons.

Source: Agencies