Netanyahu orders the return to Israel of the Mossad team that negotiates with Hamas in Qatar

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2023-12-02 18:30:25

Israeli Prime Minister Beniamin Netanyahu ordered the Mossad team, the foreign intelligence service, this Saturday to abandon negotiations with Hamas in Qatar and return to Israel. With this decision, the short-term possibility of a new ceasefire is receding, after the seven-day truce that broke on Friday. A jug of cold water to peace.

“Following the stalemate in negotiations (with Hamas) and the directive given by Prime Minister Beniamin Netanyahu, Mossad director David Barnea has ordered his team in Doha to return to Israel,” the Mossad press office reported today. prime minister on behalf of Mossad.

“The terrorist organization Hamas did not fulfill its part of the agreement, which included the release of all children and women according to a list delivered to Hamas and approved by this group,” the statement continues, reiterating the version offered on Friday by Netanyahu to give for the truce to end.

Before the ceasefire began, on November 24, a team from the Israeli secret services settled in Doha to participate in the negotiation for the release of hostages with Hamas, with the mediation of the Qatari intelligence services. , Egypt and the United States. In fact, the directors of Mossad and the CIA personally traveled to the Qatari capital for a few days to direct the talks that culminated in the seven days of truce and the release of 105 hostages in exchange for 240 prisoners. Palestinians in the West Bank.

Hamas will not exchange more prisoners

The reaction of Hamas to these movements has not been long in coming and the number two of the organization, Saleh Al-Arouri, has indicated that “no more prisoners would be exchanged with Israel until a ceasefire is declared again in Gaza and all Palestinian detainees also be released.”

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Arouri confirmed in statements to Al Jazeera television that the hostages still being held by Hamas are both Israeli soldiers and civilians who have previously served in the army. “Let the war take its course. This decision is final. “We will not compromise on this,” he said.

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