(Special envoy to Tel Aviv, Israel) The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) design an alternative plan to rescue the 222 civilian hostages that Hamas confines in the Gaza tunnels, if the negotiations to obtain his freedom, led by Qatar, fail with the diplomatic support of the United States and the tacit approval of the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sultan Bin Saad al-Muraikhi maintains a direct line with Anthony Blinkenthe Secretary of State of Joe Bidenwhich in turn communicates with Jerusalem to inform Netanyahu in real time. This diplomatic backchannel has been open since October 8one day after the massacre that the terrorist organization carried out in Israel.
Al-Muraikhi does not need to fly to Gaza to negotiate with Hamas: Ismael Haniyeh, leader of the terrorist organization, He resides in Doha protected by Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, emir of Qatar. And the Palestinian terrorist Haniyeh does not have to extreme his security conditions to analyze with his political bureau the proposals that triangulate between Doha, Washington and Jerusalem: his predecessor in the leadership of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, He also takes refuge in Qatar protected by Sheikh Al Thani.
The Foreign Minister of Qatar together with the Secretary of State had made progress in the negotiations that would allow the release of 50 civilian hostages in the hands of Hamas, but in the last hours that diplomatic process became bogged down by the double game of Doha and the terrorist organization.
Emir Al Thani questioned Israel in the middle of the talks, while Hamas’s top advisor, Saleh al-Arouri, traveled to Lebanon to meet Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah. This terrorist organization operates under the direct orders of Iran, is a partner of Hamas, and both have sworn to end Israel.
In this context, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) initiated an alternative plan to achieve the freedom of the 222 hostages that Hamas captured during its terrorist attack. In Jerusalem they have many doubts regarding Qatar’s intentions, and they do not rule out a rescue of the kidnapped civilians in the middle of the ground offensive that – for now – is pending execution.
Forty-eight hours ago, the Israeli air force dropped thousands of leaflets in Gaza urging the Palestinian population to report the whereabouts of the 222 hostages confined in the tunnels of the Strip. This is a complex initiative the effective value of the information collected, But Netanyahu and his war cabinet are running out of time.
“If your desire is to live in peace and have a better future for your children, fulfill your human duty immediately and Share verified and valuable information about hostages held in your area. The Israeli military assures you that it will invest maximum effort in providing security for you and your home, and you will be financially rewarded. We guarantee complete confidentiality. The contact details are: Secure call: *8619 Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal: +97250395799″, say the leaflets that fell by the thousands in the destroyed streets of Gaza.
Along with this attempt of uncertain scope, Israeli intelligence officials spoke with the freed hostages Nurit Cooper, Yocheved Lifshitz, Judith Raanan and Natalie Raanan to have details about the situation in the streets of Gaza, what the tunnels are like, how many terrorists on average there are inside them, what security model controlled their movements and any other details that would serve to design an alternative rescue plan for the hostages.
This procedure for collecting information is repeated with the Hamas terrorists who were captured during the October 7 attack. The intelligence experts of the Mossad They show photographs of the hostages to the fedayeen and insist on questions regarding the tunnels and their internal security, but so far the data has not flowed enough to establish an effective rescue plan.
Netanyahu and his war cabinet find themselves in a labyrinth. They do not trust Qatar because of its political relations with Hamas and, although it develops a plan to rescue the 222 kidnapped, intelligence information is still weak facing the challenge of attacking Gaza and then finding the civilian hostages.
It doesn’t seem like a viable alternative either. propose an exchange of Palestinian prisoners in Israel for the 222 hostages held captive in the tunnels of the Strip.
In 2011, Netanyahu released 1,207 Palestinian prisoners for the freedom of Sergeant Gilad Shalit. Many of those released prisoners returned to Hamas, including Yahya Sinwar, who today leads the terrorist organization in Gaza.