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Hostage release deal outline: 12 to be released each day, respite set for 4 days

A political official presented this evening (Tuesday) the outline for the deal to release dozens of hostages from Hamas captivity and emphasizes that “all the security forces, the Shin Bet and the Mossad are in favor of the outline and also the entire war cabinet is united in favor of the proposal.”

As part of the deal, which is expected to go into effect on Thursday, 12 Israeli hostages will be released every day during the four days of the agreed-upon truce. In the event that Hamas agrees to additional truces – for each day of the truce, ten additional hostages will be released.

  • In Israel, they are counting on the possibility that Hamas could also release about 80 hostages.
  • The source emphasized that “we are talking about hostages who are all alive and are Israeli. Foreigners may also be released with the intervention of other countries with which Hamas is in contact.”

According to him, the insistence of the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet not to accept the original proposal and to improve it achieved significant improvements.

  • The first is the possibility of accepting more women and children after the first four days of respite that were agreed upon. “Hamas will be able to locate hostages these days that it claimed were not in its hands and could not locate them before the ceasefire.”
  • The source noted other achievements: prisoners convicted of murder will not be included in the deal, fuel will be brought into the Gaza Strip only on the days of the ceasefire and there will be no movement of Gaza citizens from the south of the Gaza Strip to the north under the terms of the ceasefire.

He emphasized that all aspects of the security issue were also examined. “There are a few hours of truce. The IDF and the Shin Bet clarified that there are intelligence-gathering capabilities and operational capabilities. During the six hours of the ceasefire, we will not be blinded on the ground and will continue fighting immediately at the end of the truce – as will be approved by the political echelon.”

To the question of whether Hamas will also return hostages who are in the hands of other organizations, the source answered: “Hamas, as far as we are concerned, is the one who needs to bring back the hostages, including those from the Islamic Jihad and other organizations. This is what they have committed to.”

Source: Arutz Sheva