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Israeli calls Hamas’ demands ‘delusional’ to withdraw from ceasefire talks

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Israel termed Hamas's fundamental demands, such as a ceasefire, Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, the return of displaced persons, and a genuine prisoner exchange, as 'delusional' in response to the UN Security Council's pressured ceasefire for the ongoing Israeli war in Gaza, to reject a ceasefire talk.

Israel has abruptly withdrawn its negotiating team from talks with Hamas in Qatar, effectively halting immediate efforts to broker a ceasefire and secure the release of hostages. This decision follows a UN Security Council vote urging an immediate ceasefire, a move met with rejection by Hamas and Israel's subsequent cancellation of a planned visit to Washington by two of its ministers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office issued a statement firmly rejecting Hamas's demands, labelling them as "delusional." Netanyahu emphasized that Israel will not yield to what it perceives as unreasonable terms set forth by Hamas. The failure to reach an agreement underscores the deteriorating prospects for peace talks, exacerbated by the recent UN Security Council resolution.

Hamas, in turn, has accused Israel of disregarding its fundamental demands, which include a comprehensive ceasefire, Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, the return of displaced persons, and a genuine prisoner exchange. Despite international pressure, Hamas remains steadfast in its refusal to compromise on these core issues, indicating a significant impasse in negotiations.

The UN's humanitarian office has condemned Israel's decision to block the delivery of food aid to the north of the Gaza Strip, citing the dire humanitarian situation facing the region. Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the UN, called for the reversal of this decision, stressing that denying access to vital aid contradicts international law and exacerbates the suffering of civilians already grappling with famine.

Israel's stance on aid delivery has sparked controversy, with government spokesperson David Mencer asserting that UNRWA, the agency responsible for relief efforts, perpetuates conflict rather than alleviating it. This stance reflects broader tensions between Israel and UNRWA, with accusations of collaboration between the agency and Hamas exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

The conflict's toll on civilian lives continues to mount, with the Gaza health ministry reporting a staggering death toll of over 32,000 Palestinians since the onset of Israel's military offensive. The recent surge in casualties underscores the urgent need for a ceasefire and underscores the devastating impact of prolonged hostilities on Gaza's civilian population.

Amidst escalating violence, international observers have raised concerns about potential war crimes and human rights violations, with one independent expert suggesting that Israel's actions may constitute genocide. Such allegations highlight the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for accountability and international intervention to prevent further loss of life.

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