Protesters arrested as Israelis demand government agree to hostage deal with Hamas

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a permanent ceasefire in Gaza a “non-starter” until long-standing Israeli conditions are met which appeared to undermine a proposal that US President Joe Biden announced on Friday as an Israeli one.

Some anti-government protesters in Tel Aviv have been arrested after scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators demanding the resignation of the Israeli government.

Thousands gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to demand the Israeli government reach a deal to release the hostages still being held by Hamas in Gaza.

They also called for fresh elections and for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down.

On Saturday, Netanyahu called a permanent ceasefire in Gaza a “non-starter” until long-standing Israeli conditions for the ending the war are met.

People protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and call for the release of hostages held in Gaza, June 1, 2024
People protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and call for the release of hostages held in Gaza, June 1, 2024Maya Alleruzzo/Copyright 2024 The AP All rights reserved

That statement appeared to undermine a proposal that US President Joe Biden had announced as an Israeli one on Friday.

Biden referred to the three-phases proposal as a “truly decisive moment”.

He said the first phase of the proposed deal would last for six weeks and would include a “full and complete ceasefire”, a withdrawal of Israeli forces from all populated areas of Gaza and the release of a number of hostages, including women, the elderly and the wounded, in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

The second phase would include the release of all remaining living hostages, including male soldiers, and Israeli forces would withdraw from Gaza.

And the third phase calls for the start of a major reconstruction of Gaza, which faces decades of rebuilding from the devastation caused by the war.

Hamas released a statement reacting positively to the deal, saying it was ready to engage “in a constructive manner” with any proposal based on a permanent end to the fighting.

While Biden acknowledged keeping the proposal on track would be difficult, Netanyahu’s comments on Saturday suggest the deal could be dead in the water before anything has been agreed.

Displaced Palestinians inspect their tents destroyed by an Israeli strike west of Rafah, May 28, 2024
Displaced Palestinians inspect their tents destroyed by an Israeli strike west of Rafah, May 28, 2024Jehad Alshrafi/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved.

In a joint statement, Qatar, Egypt and the US all called on Hamas and Israel to finalise an agreement that embodies the principles outlined by Biden on Friday.

Meanwhile, smoke was seen rising from the direction of Rafah in southern Gaza on Saturday as the Israeli offensive in the besieged territory continues.

The city located near the border with Egypt was home of hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians forced to flee again after the Israel army launched new operations earlier in May.

The World Health Organization said on Saturday that there are almost no health services remaining in Gaza’s southernmost city.

The UN estimates around 900,000 people have fled Rafah to seek safer areas elsewhere in Gaza.

0
0
Categories: Israel, Politics, Shame on You
Anton Nieuwenhuizen

Written by:Anton Nieuwenhuizen All posts by the author

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Cookies Notice

Our website use cookies. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with this.
Spilling the Beans

You cannot copy content of this page

0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x