Zvi Yehezkeli
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Arab affairs analyst Zvi Yehezkeli has warned that the current prisoner swap agreement is a mistake, since Hamas still rules Gaza and is managing things.

"Hamas wants a ceasefire, and as long as possible, since there is not yet a foot standing on [Hamas leader] Yahya Sinwar's neck," he told Kol Hai Radio. "I would estimate that out of 100, Hamas' strength is still between 50-60."

Yehezkeli also believes that only military pressure will force the murderous terror organization to free the hostages under conditions which are better for Israel.

"We could have reached a better plan, if we had increased the pressure and let them beg for a deal," he said.

He also believes that Hamas' goal is to stop Israel's war machine and put the brakes on the goals of the war, which include the complete destruction of Hamas.

"You are supposed to be the strong side. We need victory, not a picture of victory," he stressed.

Earlier, Hamas announced that the current four-day ceasefire will be extended by two additional days, after they "found" the number of hostages which Israel was demanding.

Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya told Al Jazeera, "We succeeded in reaching the required number of hostages in order to extend the break by two days. We hope that we will be able to extend the ceasefire for a longer period of time. The system will continue for the next two days, and in it we will hand over 10 Israelis in exchange for 30 Palestinians." A Hamas official said that it is possible to advance to additional deals, which will include additional groups, including elderly men and soldiers.