After ” achieving its aims,” a senior Hamas official reportedly told Al Jazeera that they are ready to talk peace with Israel.
An organization commander named Moussa Abu Marzouk recently interviewed Al Jazeera, declaring that the terrorist group had ” achieved its aims” and that the group would be amenable to a truce or “anything of that nature.”
Marzouk, according to Al Jazeera, also claimed that several people with dual citizenship (i.e., Israeli and Russian or Chinese) had been captured by Hamas.
A few hours earlier, Abu Obaida, a spokesperson for the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, allegedly threatened to execute hostages in Gaza if Israel did not cease its missile attacks on the territory.
Abu Obaida reportedly said the group has decided to “put an end to the Zionist crimes against our people.” A civilian hostage will be killed in retaliation for any surprise attack on our people, the statement read.
Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer said on Monday that the Israeli government had confirmed the presence of American hostages, prompting the State Department to seek confirmation of claims of American hostages captured by Hamas, as reported by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Hamas has allegedly taken hostages.
Over 700 Israelis were killed in the early am Saturday attack that was carried out by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. In addition to the 2,000 fatalities, an undetermined number of Israelis were taken hostage in the raid. Israel has begun responding with rocket fire into the Gaza Strip.
Since then, Israeli forces have pursued Hamas in the area with massive airstrikes. With at least 2,700 lives lost on both sides of the conflict, the mounting death toll and widespread destruction have only heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.
Some peacemakers in the Gaza Strip and the United States are vowing to step up their efforts after the unspeakable tragedy, while others are at a loss for what to do next.
Even though the peace discussions his group had intended to hold in Latrun would no longer occur, Lyndon, speaking by phone from Paris, said his group still hopes to support others working to promote peace in the region.
However, the war has left many who study or work on Israeli-Palestinian relations wondering if peace is possible.