Hamas Claims Talks Have Returned to Square One: Seeking Consultations

"The Israeli rejection of the mediator's proposal through amendments has brought things back to square one."

by Sead Dedovic
Hamas Claims Talks Have Returned to Square One: Seeking Consultations
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After Israel rejected the ceasefire proposal, the Palestinian group Hamas confirmed that everything had returned to square one. 

Despite expectations of a ceasefire, the Israeli side was not open to an agreement and quickly dismissed the mediator's proposal. 

Now, Hamas leaders are considering their options for the future, hoping that both sides can still agree to a ceasefire. Hamas intends to hold consultations with Palestinian factions to definitively decide what to do next. One of the concerns for Hamas and the Palestinian population is Israel's offensive on Rafah and the takeover of crossings, which could mean a disruption in the supply of Palestinian civilians. 

Despite significant pressure on Israel from major countries, primarily the USA, Israelis do not seem open to the option of peace at the moment and do not intend to stop the offensive. A significant problem is that a large number of Palestinian residents are currently in Rafah seeking refuge. 

Israel controls Rafah, and it is still unclear what will happen. Despite Hamas agreeing to the ceasefire proposal from Egypt and Qatar, they did not achieve the outcome they hoped for.

"The Israeli rejection of the mediator's proposal through amendments has brought things back to square one. In light of Netanyahu's behavior and refusal of the mediator's document, as well as the attack on Rafah and the occupation of crossings, the leadership of the movement will hold consultations with the fraternal leaders of Palestinian factions to consider our negotiation strategy," Hamas stated.

White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby is not pleased with the outcome, as he hoped that both sides could reach an agreement and achieve peace. Kirby is someone who persistently advocates for peace and compromise, but it is challenging to achieve such an outcome when the Israeli side rejects the proposal, unwilling to make any compromise. 

His hopes are that an agreement can still be reached. For such a thing to happen, it is necessary for everyone to show openness, courage, and readiness to compromise. The last thing is probably the most important if peace is to be established in the Middle East.

"We have seen comments from officials on both sides talking about the deadlock they currently find themselves in. But we are working hard to try to get both sides engaged in continuing the discussion - even if it's virtual - and to continue working on the text itself. We still believe that an agreement was possible... The remaining gaps can be bridged, but it will require leadership, a little moral courage, and it will require a continued ability to compromise and negotiate in good faith. We're not giving up on that," said Kirby.

John Kirby
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Attacks by Israelis in the Gaza Strip

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have carried out fierce attacks in the Gaza Strip, resulting in a large number of casualties. Israelis are seizing the moment to launch their largest offensive yet, attacking the Gaza Strip using warplanes and artillery. Through bombardment, Israelis have hit family homes in various camps. 

Air strikes have also occurred in the center of Gaza, resulting in new casualties. 

Palestinians, on the other hand, were not as unprepared as expected. Palestinian fighters have initiated three tactically sophisticated attacks on Israeli forces in Rafah. Palestinians hope to defend the city and prevent Israelis from achieving their goal.

What can be partial solace to Palestinians is that a large part of the world has sided with them, protesting and calling for peace in this state. 

However, despite everything, the Palestinian population is not optimistic that peace will emerge after all. 

The French reacted to Israel's attacks on Rafah

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed regret over Israel's attack on Rafah, believing that this could have disastrous consequences. 

The greatest fear exists for the safety of civilians, as several civilian casualties have been observed so far. 

The French hope that both sides will sit down again and try to achieve peace. They hope that Israelis will open the Rafah border crossing, as Palestinians urgently need humanitarian aid. 

Despite all warnings, Israelis are not open to stopping the operation they have started, believing that destroying Hamas is their only option. Benjamin Netanyahu still firmly stands behind his views, convinced that his country will achieve its goal.

Some countries are already sending humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, but the question is whether that aid will arrive and what will happen. Palestinians are facing many problems, and to say that this country is in serious trouble is an understatement. Israelis are advancing hour by hour, ready to end this story. The world hopes that Israeli leaders will realize that this situation leads nowhere and stop their attacks.