Hamas: Netanyahu must pay price before release of Israeli captives

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Khalil al-Hayya communicated a message to the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that he must pay the price for the release of Israeli captives in Gaza.

In a press release, al-Hayya said addressing Netanyahu, “You have to pay a price if you want the Palestinian resistance release the Israeli soldiers.”

The Israeli PM had appealed to the UN Secretary General António Guterres to urge the international community to put pressure on Hamas in order to release the Israeli soldiers held in Gaza.

The Israeli PM’s office added that Netanyahu stressed to Guterres, at the UN General Assembly in New York, that “the UN should take an action in this regard since it mediated a ceasefire between Hamas and ‘Israel’” claiming that “Hamas utilizes the ceasefire to keep the Israeli solider Hadar Goldin under detention.”

In this regard, al-Hayya said “Netanyahu spares no effort to demand the release of the Israeli soldiers,” wishing that the Arab leaders could do the same to free the Palestinians detained in the Israeli jails. 

There are about 6500 Palestinians, including 350 children and 62 women, detained in the Israeli jails, according to statistics revealed by the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs.

Regarding the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ threats to impose new sanctions on Gaza, al-Hayya holds Abbas responsible for the repercussions of such move adding that the Palestinian people have the right to ‘take an action’ in order to defend their rights and option of resistance. Al-Hayya declined to elaborate on the nature of such action.

The Hamas leader considered Abbas’ speech to the UNGA as “a declaration of the death of the option of negotiation and compromise.”    

In his speech at the UNGA, Abbas had begged for “recusing the peace process,” while threating Gaza with new sanctions and labelling the Palestinians resistance as “militias”.

In light of this, al-Hayya said addressing Abbas, “The Palestinian people need to restore national unity and work on healing the internal rift since they are in a fight against the Israeli Occupation.”

Al-Hayya reiterated Hamas’ “determination to achieve the national reconciliation.”

He added that the sense of unity shown by the Palestinian people during their participation in the Great March of Return proves that they are united behind the option of resistance and that they reject the PA’s security collaboration and negotiations with the Israeli Occupation. 

The member of Hamas Political Bureau Khalil al-Hayya expressed Hamas’ regret over Abbas’ poor speech before a UN body adding that Abbas should have lashed out at the U.S. and the Israeli Occupation who had failed him instead of threating two million civilians living in the Gaza Strip with more punitive measures. 

Regarding the Palestinians’ mass participation on the 27th Friday of the Great March of Return, al-Hayya explained that such participation at grass roots level proves that the Palestinian people have selected the option of resistance in their struggle against the occupation.                                                                                               

Despite the pain and suffering inflicted by the Israeli Occupation on the Palestinian people, al-Hayya concluded, “We are confident that the Palestinians will achieve their demands and restore their inalienable rights.”