OP-ED: The Moment Of Truth Has Arrived- Will Israel Accept Deal With Hamas Terrorists?

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This combination of photos from clockwise from top left shows Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, in Beirut, Lebanon, on June 28, 2021; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel on Oct. 28, 2023; Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in Tel Aviv on Oct. 16, 2023 and Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in Gaza, in Gaza City, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. (AP Photo)

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In laying out Israel’s goals during its offensive against Hamas, the government announced two main objectives, which at the time did not appear to be contradictory: Rescue and return of all of Israel’s hostages and the elimination of Hamas as a political and military entity.

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During the course of the last eight months, Israel insisted that military pressure and destruction of Hamas’s capabilities both above and below the ground would lead both to the capitulation of the terrorist organization and to the recovery of all the hostages. At least in the initial stages, this approach seemed viable. Hamas, surprised at the vehemence and vigor of the Israeli response, agreed in November to a prisoner exchange, and nearly half of the hostages were released. At that point Israel had already gained control of some of the Northern Gaza neighborhoods and it was hoped that continuing the military pressure would lead to further concessions from Hamas.

However Israel didn’t realize that Hamas could play an endgame of brinkmanship better than seasoned poker players. Firstly Hamas noted the deep divisions in Israel between the vocal minority who wanted a deal at all costs, those who sympathized with the families of the hostages and those who opposed such a deal at all costs. Hamas likely moved the hostages around from place to place, finally reaching Rafah and northern Sinai (via pre-prepared smuggling tunnels). There they created the hype around the civilians in Rafah, thus delaying Israeli incursions by months and enabling them to safely conceal all of the hostages remaining alive (a dwindling number) in various underground locations, including possibly even Egypt.

The end result is that even if Israel could destroy Hamas in Rafah, enter a tunnel and rescue some hostages, it would almost certainly seal the fate of all the other hostages, as Hamas would realize that Israel is intent on reaching all of them without making a deal.

The only other unsavory option now is to abandon the goal of destroying Hamas totally in order to rescue the remaining hostages. A deal with Hamas – fraught with dangers as it is – is still better than the improbable likelihood of reaching all of the hostages alive by military means. Netanyahu must now decide whether his government is more important – as the far right parties will almost certainly reject such a deal – or whether ending the war (including a Hezbollah agreement) and releasing the hostages for a heavy price in released terrorists and other concessions is worth more to him in the long run.

For Netanyahu, a person who hates decisions and puts them off as long as he can, the moment of truth has now arrived – will he sacrifice the ultimate victory to save the lives of the hostages? If he does, he may go down in posterity as the savior of hostages but also as the first Israeli premier to capitulate twice (as in the Shalit deal) to terrorist demands, thus endangering Israel’s long-term security indefinitely.

 

 


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XYZ
XYZ
1 month ago

Whoever penned this “op-ed”, suggesting that Israel should accept these terms, needs to have their head examined

Simple
Simple
1 month ago

This deal is SUICIDE for entire E. Yisrul .

Biden and the Dems give aid and comfort to Hamas.
Biden and the Dems give aid and comfort to Hamas.
1 month ago

Lyin Biden made this deal in order to save hamas beacaise he is the terrorist funder in chief and has spent his entire term undermining Israel for the hamas democrat base he needs to win reelection pedo joe the dog porker is all in for hamas to kill more Jews.

daas totah
daas totah
1 month ago

this is not a moment of truth your getting a little too excited

shmendrick
shmendrick
1 month ago

Dear Mr. Op Ed. If you think there is any deal that Hamas will approve, which guarantees the release of all hostages, both living and dead, complete disarmament of terror regime, and ultimately safety for Israelis. If you believe any of that, you’re an idiot of the highest order and have zero knowledge of history. History of any region or of anything since Hashem created the world.

Kathy
Kathy
1 month ago

But it has been established that Israel cannot accept this deal, anyway there is no new deal just revisited and hashed around.

Save America
Save America
1 month ago

Did the writer even read the entire term of the proposed “deal”. It requires Israel to pay reparations for the rebuilding of Gaza. I’m all for rebuilding Gaza but not for the same Gazans who elected Hamas, cheered in the streets on 9/11/ cheered in the streets as the hostages were paraded thru.

Golda
Golda
1 month ago

So Hamas is not wiped out, rebuildsits terror infrastructure and does Oct 7 again? How is this a “deal” for Israel?

Yussel
Yussel
1 month ago

The Israelis need to make this decision. It is easy for people living in Galut to disparage this deal. Those living here are basically cheer leaders, but those with children fighting in the IDF and those whose loved one are still captives need to make their voices heard.

Simple
Simple
1 month ago

To Shmendrik How are you ? it is unbelievable , the Israelies [both : the leaders as well as the population in general ] are desperate to retrieve the hostage , they keep talking about that on their media ,but they do not seem to get it that the vast of them are dead , i am not sure if there are even five of them still alive or even three. In another words : those Hamas terrorists will at best return some DEAD bodies ,while the Israelies will release a huge number of Hamas terrorists .

Chamas hemelech
Chamas hemelech
1 month ago

Bibi will just go down in history as a smooth talker

Doc
Doc
1 month ago

Again people are making the assumption that Hamas will accept it! And with friends like o Biden why would they they can just hold out for more aid dollars to fill their war chests!