Israel has offered a permanent truce before all hostages return

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Channel 12 published extensive details of what it said was Israel’s May 27 proposal, without citing sources or saying how it obtained it.
Both the Biden announcement and Monday’s report said Israel had agreed to end hostilities, a key Hamas demand.
In the first phase, according to the reported Israeli document, Hamas would free all the women hostages — including soldiers — in addition to men over the age of 50 and ill and wounded civilians — 33 hostages in total.
No prisoners could be rearrested for the same offenses, and they would not be required to sign any document, the report said.
They have said any end to the war without Hamas being vanquished will prompt them to leave the government.
The US has embraced the plan as the best way to end the war and see the return of the hostages.
The war broke out on October 7, when Hamas launched an onslaught on southern Israel, killing some 1,200 people and taking 251 hostages.
Seven hostages have been rescued by troops alive, and the bodies of 19 hostages have also been recovered, including three mistakenly killed by the military.

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A news report on Monday claimed to show what it claimed to be the full document and quoted passages from Israel’s proposed hostage and ceasefire deal with Hamas, which includes a commitment to end the war in Gaza even before all hostages are freed.

Without providing any sources or explaining how it got the information, Channel 12 released a detailed account of what it claimed to be Israel’s May 27 proposal.

It has been reported that the four-page document includes an Israeli commitment to end the war before all the hostages are freed, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence to the contrary. The document appears to not call for the removal of Hamas as the ruling party in Gaza.

A second phase of the agreement would see the announced “restoration of a sustainable calm (cessation of military hostilities permanently) and its commencement prior to the exchange of hostages and prisoners,” according to clause 15 of the proposal, as shown by Channel 12.

Soon after the report was aired, Netanyahu’s office denounced it as deceptive and declared that the assertion that Israel had consented to end the war before attaining its objectives was “a complete fabrication.”. “.

The US President Joe Biden revealed Israel’s plan at the end of May, stating that Jerusalem had suggested a three-phase agreement for a ceasefire in Gaza in exchange for Hamas freeing all of its hostages. Both the Israeli government and the terror group were urged to support it by Biden.

One of Hamas’s main demands has been fulfilled by Israel, according to both the Biden announcement and the report released on Monday. Netanyahu has persisted in disputing this, nevertheless.

The document, titled “General Principles for an agreement between the Israeli side and the Palestinian side in Gaza on the exchange of hostages and prisoners and restoring a sustainable calm,” according to the report, has three phases, contains eighteen clauses, and offers the most comprehensive overview of Israel’s proposals—to which Hamas has not yet officially responded.

The subtitle of the Israeli proposal reads, “Israel’s response on May 6, 2024 proposal.”. The US and Israel claimed that the document released by Hamas on May 6 was actually a counterproposal, despite the group claiming to be accepting a ceasefire proposal.

According to the leaked Israeli document, Hamas would release all 33 hostages in the first phase, including men over 50, sick and injured civilians, and all women hostages, including soldiers. Israel would release thirty Palestinian security prisoners for each hostage, or fifty for each female soldier, provided that all of the prisoners were members of the same group—women, children, the elderly, etc. ] as the hostages in return for which they were traded.

The release of Palestinian prisoners, including those found guilty of terrorism, would notably be “subject to lists to be provided by Hamas based on precedence of their imprisonment.”. “.

Thirty of the fifty Palestinian prisoners set free for each of the five female soldiers thought to be held alive in the Gaza Strip would be serving life sentences, while the remaining twenty would be serving sentences “limited up to 15 years remaining time in prison,” according to the document.

With the exception of a “agreed upon number of prisoners (at least 100) who will be discussed in the second phase,” the identities of those estimated 250 prisoners would also be based on lists provided by Hamas. At least fifty of the life-sentence prisoners who were set free would not be released to the West Bank but rather to Gaza or another country.

Initially, Hamas would release three civilian women hostages on day one, four more on day seven, and then three Israeli hostages every seven days. All of the living hostages would be released before any bodies, starting with women, civilian or military.

Israel would free 47 Palestinians who were released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal but had since been arrested during the sixth week of the first phase, the proposal reportedly stated. These Palestinians were freed after civilians Hisham al-Sayed and Avera Mengistu entered the Strip on their own accord nearly ten years ago.

Furthermore, Israel would free all Palestinian women and children under the age of 19 “who are not militants” who have been held in Gaza since October 7 during the sixth week.

According to the report, inmates would not have to sign any paperwork and could not be arrested again for the same crimes.

The document stated that indirect negotiations over the specifics of the exchange that would take place in the second phase, when soldiers and remaining men would be released, would start no later than day 16. This sensitive issue, on which Netanyahu’s version of the deal has differed from the one publicly presented by Biden, concerns how the deal will transition from the first to the second phase.

The document purports to state that “this should be concluded and agreed upon before the end of week 5 of this [first] phase.” Clause 14 further states that “all procedures in this phase, including the temporary cessation of military operations by both sides, will continue in phase 2 as long as the negotiations stay ongoing.”. In order to reach a mutually acceptable conclusion regarding the terms of executing phase 2 of this agreement, the guarantors of this agreement will do everything within their power to keep those indirect negotiations going. “.

This clause’s language has been released before.

As per Clause 15, the parties would declare the “announcement of restoration of a sustainable calm (cessation of military hostilities permanently) and its commencement prior to the exchange of hostages and prisoners” during the 42-day second phase. Additionally, Israeli forces would entirely evacuate the Gaza Strip during this phase.

The Prime Minister’s Office stated that the “document that was presented is incomplete and misleads the public” in response to the Channel 12 report. “.

“It is a complete fabrication that Israel consented to terminate the conflict prior to accomplishing all of its objectives,” declared the PMO.

The entire text would demonstrate that “Israel will not end the war until all its conditions are met—that is, fighting until Hamas is eliminated, returning all of our hostages, and ensuring that Gaza never again represents a threat to Israel,” according to Netanyahu’s office. “.

“The outline explicitly states that no later than the sixteenth day, indirect negotiations will begin in which Israel will present its terms for ending the war,” an Israeli official stated, further refuting the report. “.

The official stated, “These conditions have not changed: Hamas’s military and political capabilities must be eliminated, all of our abductees must be returned, and Gaza must no longer be a threat to Israel.”. “.

The official continued, calling the TV report “devoid of any basis” and stating that Israel will insist on meeting these requirements. “.

In spite of his denials, Netanyahu has withheld the Israeli proposal’s text and refused to provide the security cabinet with the entire document, leading his far-right allies to accuse him of deliberately withholding information from them. They claim that if the war ends without Hamas being defeated, they will resign from office.

The plan is seen by the US as the most effective means of bringing the conflict to an end and ensuring the hostages’ return.

On Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken—who is currently on his eighth trip to the area since the war began—again urged Hamas to embrace the plan, claiming that it has the backing of many people worldwide and Israel. He told reporters just before leaving Cairo, “My message to governments throughout the region… if you want a ceasefire, press Hamas to say ‘yes.'”.

Releasing the remaining hostages in Gaza, achieving a ceasefire, and enhancing regional security are all possible through the plan that is currently being discussed, according to him.

On October 7, after Hamas launched an attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of about 1,200 people and the kidnapping of 251 others, the war began.

Although 105 civilians were freed from Hamas captivity during a week-long truce in late November, and four hostages were released earlier, it is thought that 116 hostages who were kidnapped by Hamas on October 7 remain in Gaza, many of them dead.

Soldiers have recovered the bodies of 19 hostages, including three who were mistakenly killed by the military, and have also freed seven hostages while they were still alive. The IDF, citing fresh intelligence and discoveries from troops in Gaza, has confirmed the deaths of forty-one of the people who were being held by Hamas. There is still no word on the whereabouts of the additional person who has been declared missing since October 7.

The bodies of two IDF soldiers who were killed in 2014 are also being held by Hamas, along with two Israeli civilians who entered the Strip in 2014 and 2015.

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