Israel Defense Minister: Gaza will be rebuilt if it returns Israeli prisoners

Israel Defense Minister: Gaza will be rebuilt if it returns Israeli prisoners

In a statement to the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN), Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz touched on the issue of “captive soldiers” in Hamas.

Defense Minister Gantz has conditional on the return of Israeli troops to reach humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, where 1800 houses were completely destroyed and thousands were damaged in Israel’s last attack.

Gantz also drew attention to the fact that Hamas leaders, notably the Commander of the Hamas military wing Izzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, Mohammed ed-Dayf and the Gaza Officer Yahya es-Sinvar, are still Israel’s targets.

Israeli Defense Minister Gantz said on February 18 that the Tel Aviv administration would not allow real and long-term progress in Gaza until the captive soldiers of Hamas are taken back, and Hamas responded to this statement without a real prisoner swap agreement. He stated that Israel could not reclaim captive soldiers.


Israel argues that since 2014, Hamas has held 4 Israelis, two of them soldiers.

248 Palestinians died due to the Israeli army’s attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip on May 10, which ended with a ceasefire with Hamas.

According to the initial information provided by the Ministry of Housing and Public Works in Gaza, 1800 houses were destroyed due to the 11-day attacks of Israel.

The ministry had announced that a $ 350 million budget was needed to improve the housing sector, which suffered heavy damage and loss in the region, including the recent Israeli attacks and previous ones.

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