photo by Ma'ayan Toaf (GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appeared yesterday before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and comprehensively briefed Committee members on progress in the war in Gaza, with emphasis on activity in Rafah and the Philadelphi Corridor, the negotiations for the release of our hostages, the issue of ‘the day after’, Judea and Samaria, and Iran.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said to the members of the Committee:

“The claims that we have agreed to a ceasefire without our conditions being met are incorrect.”

Also participating in the meeting were the Prime Minister’s Chief-of-Staff, the Director of the National Security Council and the Prime Minister’s Military Secretary.

The Prime Minister also reassured the public that the hostages and their families were on his mind.

“We are working in countless ways to return our hostages. I think about them constantly, about their families and about their suffering. Therefore, we have gone a long way to return them while adhering to the objectives of the war, first and foremost the elimination of Hamas. We are insistent that we will achieve both. This is part of the outline, not something that I have just added. It is not something that I have added because of coalition pressure. This is something that we agreed on in the War Cabinet unanimously.”