Israel stands firm on UN-backed ceasefire proposal as Hamas seeks amendments

Hamas, for its part, has described its requested changes to the deal as not significant, asserting that its position remains consistent with the foundational principles of the proposal.

A senior Israeli negotiator has declared that Israel will not entertain changes to the United Nations-backed ceasefire proposal for Gaza, despite Hamas’s request for amendments. The statement, reported by Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth News, underscores the growing tension in the ongoing peace negotiations.

One of the negotiators stated, characterizing Hamas’s response to the ceasefire proposal as total refusal. The Israeli source further warned that military operations in Gaza would continue even after the planned offensive in Rafah, indicating a potential prolongation of the conflict.

Hamas, for its part, has described its requested changes to the deal as not significant, asserting that its position remains consistent with the foundational principles of the proposal. This stance suggests a willingness to negotiate within the framework of the UN-backed plan.

However, the Israeli government has yet to publicly endorse the deal. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to insist that the war on Gaza will persist until Hamas is defeated, raising questions about Israel’s commitment to a negotiated settlement.

The deadlock in negotiations comes at a critical time, with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza reaching catastrophic levels. Aid organizations report severe shortages of food, water, and medical supplies, while the United Nations warns of the risk of famine in parts of the enclave.

International pressure for a ceasefire has been mounting, with key allies of Israel, including the United States, calling for a diplomatic solution. However, the Israeli government’s firm position on continuing military operations complicates these efforts.

The situation remains fluid, with diplomatic channels still open despite the current impasse. Mediators, including Egypt and Qatar, continue to work behind the scenes to bridge the gap between the two sides.

As the conflict enters its next phase, questions arise about the long-term stability of the region and the potential for a lasting peace agreement. The coming weeks may prove crucial in determining whether diplomacy can prevail over continued military action, and whether a path to peace and reconstruction in Gaza can be found.