Report: Israel open to allowing Sinwar to go into exile in return for all hostages, end of Hamas’s Gaza rule

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Yahya Sinwar (C), Hamas's Gaza Strip chief, waves to supporters in Gaza City, on April 14, 2023. (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
Yahya Sinwar (C), Hamas's Gaza Strip chief, waves to supporters in Gaza City, on April 14, 2023. (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)

Israel is open to allowing Hamas leader and October 7 mastermind Yahya Sinwar to go into exile in exchange for the release of all hostages and the end of Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip, NBC reports.

Citing six “Israeli officials and senior advisers,” NBC says the plan has been discussed since November.

“We don’t mind if [Sinwar] will leave like Arafat left Lebanon,” a senior adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells NBC, referring to PLO leader Yasser Arafat being allowed to sail from Beirut to Tunis in 1982. “We will allow it to happen as long as all of the hostages are released.”

Israel had previously pledged that all the leaders of the Hamas terror group in Gaza would be killed or captured.

Israel reportedly told US negotiators in Paris last week that it has a list of six Hamas leaders, including Sinwar and senior military Mohamed Deif, that it wants to see out of the Gaza Strip. NBC says the plan never reached Hamas, because the terror group has already said it would not countenance exile.

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