PM says Israel is showing flexibility in hostage talks but Hamas demands would harm country’s security

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Netanyahu says that Israel is showing flexibility in the talks, while Hamas is hardening its position. For example, Hamas, says the prime minister, is demanding the unchecked return of Gazans to the northern Strip, “including Hamas terrorists.”

He says that Hamas’s demands would have security implications, but that he cannot go into them publicly.

“If we give in to another demand every two days, this will bring about a deal?” Netanyahu asks rhetorically. “This is the opposite of the truth.”

He says this approach would only make it harder to get the hostages home.

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