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A heated war of statements…Israeli occupation mutual accusations regarding the prisoner deal & the #Rafah invasion

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A heated war of statements… Israeli occupation mutual accusations regarding the prisoner deal & the #Rafah invasion

A war of media statements is taking place inside the corridors of Israeli politicians and between government officials and the opposition, centred on the prisoner exchange deal and the military operation in the border city of Rafah.

The leader of the opposition to the Israeli occupation, Yair Lapid, said that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government must choose between returning the Israeli prisoners held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and between the occupation’s finance ministers, Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, or between the occupation security, Smotrich and Ben Gvir, on the other hand. Or choose between a normalization deal with Saudi Arabia and relations with Washington, Ben Gvir and Smotrich.

For his part, the Minister of Finance of the occupation government, Smotrich, directed: A letter to Netanyahu in which he said, “The exchange deal, under the conditions presented, means the end of the current government.”

He said, “Approving the deal is a shameful surrender and acquiescence. We are facing fateful moments and the decision is in Netanyahu’s hands.”

As for Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, he threatened Netanyahu, saying: “A bad deal means the downfall of the government.”

For his part, member of the war cabinet, Minister Benny Gantz, threatened to bring down the government if it opposed a good proposal for an exchange deal that would not end the war.

Gantz said: “Entering Rafah is important in the long struggle against Hamas and the return of the kidnapped people who were abandoned by the October 7 government is urgent and of much greater importance.

He added: “If a responsible plan is reached for the return of the abductees with the support of the entire military and security apparatus, which does not include ending the war, and the ministers who led the government on October 7 prevent that from doing so, the government will not have the right to continue to exist and lead the campaign.”

A senior official in the Israeli occupation government accused Netanyahu of not wanting to conclude an agreement with the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, and of placing obstacles to the possibility of its completion.

On Friday, the official Israeli Broadcasting Authority quoted this official, whose name was not mentioned, as saying: “Netanyahu does not want to reach an agreement at all, and is creating difficulties and creating obstacles.”

The official pointed out, “It is possible to reach an agreement within the next few days, but Netanyahu asked to study a comprehensive deal other than the offer currently presented by the Egyptian side, with the aim of obstructing the process of reaching an agreement at the present time.”

He explained, “The occupation’s military establishment and the majority of the political level want to give the green light to the new proposal promoted by Egypt, but Netanyahu had several reservations about such a temporary deal, and requested a study of a comprehensive settlement.”

According to the official Broadcasting Corporation, “the occupation’s security services believe that this is the last opportunity to return Israeli prisoners from Gaza.”

Israeli writer Ronen Bergman said that the occupation government sold the settlers an illusion about the course of the war in the Gaza Strip and the approaching achievement of its goals.

He added: “Netanyahu sold the illusion to the Israelis over the past months that military pressure would contribute to the recovery of the prisoners, and this did not happen. Hamas has not changed its positions since the offer it made 5 months ago, and Israel is the one that began to come down from the tree.”

The writer believed that the operation in Rafah was presented as achieving the two goals of the war, which were the absolute defeat of Hamas and the recovery of the prisoners. Pure illusions and transaction prices are rising over time and not the other way around.

According to the famous Israeli writer; “We may not have living prisoners if the occupation army attacks Rafah, and then Netanyahu will have nothing to sell to the Israelis.”