US opposes conditioning Gaza reconstruction on return of IDF troops’ bodies


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US opposes conditioning Gaza reconstruction on return of IDF troops’ bodies
As Israel seeks to link post-war rebuilding in the Strip with prisoner swap, Biden administration concerned demand will derail Cairo negotiations aimed at maintaining ceasefire
By Jacob Magid
29 June 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration opposes Israel’s desire to condition post-war reconstruction projects in Gaza on the return of the bodies of the fallen IDF soldiers held by Hamas, two Western diplomats told The Times of Israel Monday. In the past, Jerusalem had agreed to hold a separate series of indirect talks with Hamas — one for a prisoner exchange, and another for Gaza reconstruction and securing a long-term truce.

However, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is intent on combining the two issues, with an Israeli official telling The Times of Israel that the new government won’t enable long-term rehabilitation projects as long as Hamas refuses to return the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. The bodies of the two Israeli servicemen have been held since the previous Gaza war in 2014. Two Israeli civilians, Abera Menginstu and Hisham al-Sayed, are also being held in the Hamas-run enclave after entering Gaza on their own accord. Their families say they suffer from mental illness.



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What possible reason could America have for opposing the return of 2 bodies and 2 live mentally ill people?

What possible reason could Hamas have to hold the bodies, and the 2 mentally ill people?

Anti Semitism in the highest offices of the American administration perhaps? Evil murderous hatred of Jews both there and in the Gaza.

And a total lack of compassion.

Hamas is the group that uses children as human shields so that their own children die, and then the UN blames Israel not Hamas.

More of the same ol same ol!