Israeli Major General Noam Tibon recently emphasized the urgency of initiating negotiations with the Hamas group for a potential hostage deal aimed at securing the release of Israelis. According to media reports, Tibon stated in an interview with an Israeli public radio station that the time had come to bring them back, warning of the grave consequences if action is not taken promptly.
Tibon expressed concern that a failure to negotiate could result in the return of Israelis in coffins or not at all. He highlighted the importance of sending a message to the citizens of Israel about living in a secure state and reassurance to mothers whose children serve in the army that captivity doesn't mean an inevitable loss.
Referring to the recent ceasefire observed from November 24 to December 1, during which both Hamas and Israel exchanged prisoners, Tibon urged the need for a comprehensive deal. In October of the previous year, Hamas carried out an attack in southern Israel, leading to the death of at least 1200 people, with over 200 individuals taken as hostages. Notably, during the one-week truce, Hamas released 105 Israeli hostages.
The ongoing conflict has taken a toll on both sides, with Israel having reportedly killed nearly 25,105 Palestinians since October 7, resulting in 62,681 injuries, predominantly among infants and women. The call for negotiations reflects a pressing concern for the well-being and safety of those involved in the conflict.
(With Agency Inputs)