Defiant Israeli officials said Friday they will agree to a “very limited and brief” ceasefire if Hamas releases a “massive” number of hostages.
The president of Israel’s National Security Council, Tzachi Hanegbi, warned that the release of a substantial number of the approximately 240 people still detained cannot be a “manipulative release” or exploited for public relations purposes, according to the Times of Israel.
“Only then will we agree to a ceasefire, and it will be very limited and brief because then we will continue to advance toward our war goals,” the president said at a news conference Friday.
Hanegbi said Israel’s war cabinet agreed on the strategy to free some of the hostages and that “there will be no compromises.”
He believes Hamas will only accept the proposal if pressured to do so, according to the Times of Israel.
“We are on day 42 of the war and we have not agreed to order the war. [Israel Defense Forces] stop their advance even for a minute,” Hanegbi said.
The chairman of Israel’s National Security Council, Tzachi Hanegbi, said on Friday that Israel is open to a ceasefire, but that it would be short-lived and only if the terrorist group releases a large number of captives. AFP via Getty Images Hanegbi believes Hamas will only accept the proposal if it is under pressure to do so, according to the Times of Israel. AFP via Getty Images The president says the ceasefire would be brief. Via REUTERS
However, Israel agreed to a daily four-hour humanitarian pause in northern Gaza to allow Palestinians to flee.
The bodies of two hostages were found near Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Judith Weiss’ body was discovered Wednesday and Israeli officials announced Friday that they had also recovered the corporal’s remains. Noa Marciano in the same area.
Marciano appeared in a Hamas video on Monday in which she said she was detained in Gaza and pleaded with the Israeli army to stop bombing the area. The video then cut to show her lifeless body.