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Netanyahu dismisses cease-fire proposal, angering hostage families

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to dismiss the cease-fire proposal backed by President Biden, angering the families of Israeli hostages who accused him of not honoring a key element of the plan: a full Israeli military withdrawal.

In a TV interview Sunday night, Netanyahu said he was open to some aspects of a hostage exchange but not the permanent cease-fire that Biden presented as part of what he described as the proposed Israeli deal last month.

"The intense phase of the war will come to an end very soon," Netanyahu said. "But that does not mean that the war will be over." He added: "I am willing to make a partial deal, which will bring some of the people back to us. That is no secret. But we're committed to continuing the war after the truce."


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