Israeli official insists war goals haven’t changed, further pushing back on TV report

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

An Israeli official continues the pushback against the Channel 12 report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered an end to the war before all hostages were released.

The official points out that “the outline explicitly states that no later than the sixteenth day, indirect negotiations will begin in which Israel will present its terms for ending the war.”

“These conditions have not changed,” says the official, “the elimination of the military and governmental capabilities of Hamas, the return of all our abductees and making sure that Gaza no longer poses a threat to Israel.”

Israel will insist on achieving these conditions, adds the official, calling the report “devoid of any basis.”

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