Netanyahu’s 4 principles Israel agrees to for hostage deal as negotiations pick up

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The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced four principles that it says must be part of any hostage release deal with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. 

The declaration comes as the “Prime Minister’s steadfast position against the attempt to halt IDF action in Rafah is what has led Hamas to enter negotiations,” the office says. The city in the southern Gaza Strip has been described as Hamas’ last stronghold following months of fighting in the war-torn territory. 

The principles are: 

“Any deal will allow Israel to resume fighting until all objectives of the war have been achieved.” 

Israel has repeatedly said its military campaign against Hamas will not end until the Palestinian terrorist group is eliminated. 

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Israeli tanks maneuver near the Israel-Gaza border on July 4. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)


Netanyahu, who made this vow in late June, also said months ago that “Israel has no intention of permanently occupying Gaza or displacing its civilian population.” 

“Our goal is to rid Gaza of Hamas terrorists and free our hostages. Once this is achieved, Gaza can be demilitarized and deradicalized, thereby creating a possibility for a better future for Israel and Palestinians alike,” Netanyahu said in a video posted on X in January. 

“There will be no smuggling of weapons to Hamas from Egypt to the Gaza border.” 

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released video footage in June showing tunnels allegedly used by Hamas to smuggle weapons into Gaza from Egypt, according to The Times of Israel. 

Israeli forces locate and destroy underground rocket manufacturing site

The Israeli Defense Forces locate and destroy an underground rocket manufacturing site in Gaza. (Photo provided by IDF Spokesman’s Unit)

At least 20 tunnels crossing from Egypt into Gaza have been detected, the outlet reported.


Throughout the nine-month war, Israeli troops have discovered a labyrinth of tunnels throughout the Gaza Strip that are integral to Hamas’ movements and military operations. 

“There will be no return of thousands of armed terrorists to the northern Gaza Strip.” 

The prime minister’s office is vowing that armed terrorists should not be allowed to return to the northern Gaza Strip in its vision for a post-war Gaza. 

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East said on Friday that “up to 1.9 million people in Gaza are internally displaced, including people who have been displaced nine or 10 times.  

“Previous estimations were 1.7 million but this was before the operation in Rafah, and since May there have been additional displacements from Rafah and other parts across the Gaza Strip,” the agency added. 

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has released a list of principles it says must be included in any hostage release deal with Hamas. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

“Israel will maximize the number of living hostages who will be released from Hamas captivity.” 

Approximately 116 hostages are still believed to be held by Hamas since the beginning of the war last Oct. 7. 


Over the past nine months, 109 hostages have been released, seven have been rescued by the IDF, and the bodies of 19 have been recovered by the military from Gaza, including three who were mistakenly killed by troops.

Fox News’ Yonat Friling and Michael Dorgan contributed to this report. 

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