The head of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said on Saturday that they are ready immediately to conclude an exchange deal that includes the release of all prisoners in Israeli prisons in exchange for the release of all Israeli prisoners held by the resistance.
Sinwar said, “We’re immediately ready to conclude an exchange deal that includes the release of all prisoners in the occupation prisons in exchange for the release of all prisoners held by the resistance”.
Abu Obaida, the spokesman for al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, indicated on Saturday evening, that al Qassam Brigades’ readiness to end the issue of Israeli prisoners, in exchange for clearing all Israeli prisons of Palestinian prisoners.
In the same context, the families of Israeli prisoners held by the Hamas movement in Gaza informed, on Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of their support for a swap deal that includes all Palestinian and Israeli prisoners.
According to a statement by representatives of the prisoners families published by Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, coinciding with hundreds of people demonstrating across Israel on Saturday, demanding the return of the prisoners held by Hamas.
Representatives of the families of Israeli prisoners called on Netanyahu to reach an agreement now, on the condition that their children aren’t exposed to danger.
They said in the statement, “We made clear to Netanyahu that from our standpoint, he should take into account the deal for the immediate return of the prisoners, in exchange for all the Palestinian prisoners in exchange for all the Israeli prisoners”.
They considered that completing such a deal would have broad national support for Netanyahu.
They added, “Three weeks passed without us knowing what happened to our children… We all heard about the entry of tanks and we are all afraid”.
In this context, representatives of the families of Israeli prisoners called in their statement “not to take any military action that would endanger the fate of our children”.
Earlier, Netanyahu met with representatives of Israeli prisoners, where he promised them that the government will do its utmost and exhaust all possibilities to return their children, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
There are 220 Israelis captured by the Hamas following the October 7 attack that targeted military bases and settlements at the Gaza envelope area.
The Israeli captives includes high-ranking military personnel, which it wants to exchange for more than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners, including children and women.