Tue 25 Jun 2024 2:30 pm - Jerusalem Time

Yedioth Ahronoth: Washington pushed Netanyahu to adhere to Biden's proposal

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said on Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to retract his statement that he would only agree to a partial prisoner exchange deal following harsh messages from the White House, noting that it was the first time he announced his commitment to US President Joe Biden's proposal.

The newspaper's correspondent, Itamar Eichner, stated that Washington was angry at what Netanyahu said in an interview with Israeli Channel 14 about his acceptance of a partial exchange deal, which threatens to jeopardize attempts to reach an agreement.

He pointed out that Netanyahu's interview frightened "White House officials who were keen during the past few months to blame the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) for its rejection of the Israeli proposal," which prompted them to ask him to announce his approval of the broad outlines of the proposal.

He added that the Israeli Prime Minister's statement yesterday, Monday, in the Knesset, that he accepted Biden's proposal, which he presented in a speech at the end of last May, does not constitute a radical change in Netanyahu's declared positions.

He stressed that Israel is keen to maintain ambiguity regarding the deal presented by Biden, which in principle should lead to the end of the war, but Israel will be able to resume fighting if the talks fail.

On June 11, the resistance factions submitted their response to the proposal presented by Biden to the mediators, including amendments related to the ceasefire and Israeli withdrawal from the entire Gaza Strip, including the Rafah crossing and the Philadelphia axis, expressing their readiness to cooperate.

However, Washington said that some amendments “can be worked on and some are unacceptable to Israel,” accusing Hamas of obstructing reaching an agreement, although Israel did not express its public approval of the proposal at the time.

The Qatari, Egyptian and American mediators confirm that work is still underway to reach a deal that leads to a ceasefire.


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Yedioth Ahronoth: Washington pushed Netanyahu to adhere to Biden's proposal