Netanyahu Vows ‘Total Victory’ in Rejection of Gaza Ceasefire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a Hamas proposal for a ceasefire and an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while demanding that Israel will have “total victory” in Gaza.

On Tuesday, Hamas proposed a three-phase ceasefire plan after meeting with mediators from Qatar and Egypt. The plan, which would unfold over the course of more than four months, includes an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and the release of all Hamas hostages in exchange for Israel freeing imprisoned Palestinians.

Netanyahu, who has been under increasing international pressure amid concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, dismissed the Hamas plan as “delusional” and vowed to eliminate the militant group, which is the governing authority for Palestinians in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pictured during a speech near the city of Rishon LeZion, Israel, on July 5, 2023. Netanyahu rejected a Hamas proposal for a ceasefire on Wednesday, demanding “total victory” for…


“We are on the path to total victory,” Netanyahu said during a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s a matter of months. And I would like to emphasize again that there is no solution other than total victory. If Hamas survives in Gaza, it’s only a matter of time until the next massacre.”

“Only total victory will allow us to restore security in Israel, both in the north and in the south,” he added.

Netanyahu made the remarks shortly after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who insisted that there was still “space for agreement to be reached” and vowed to “work at that relentlessly until we get there.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.