'There won't be broad arrangement without a return of the boys'

Diplomatic source: No 'broad arrangement' with Hamas is on the agenda without a solution to the return of the missing soldiers, civilians.

Nitzan Keidar ,

Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin
Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin
Courtesy of the families

A diplomatic source said Sunday that the current contacts with Hamas are focused on one goal: a ceasefire.

"A complete ceasefire will lead Israel to reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing and renew the permits that were in force for the fishing area," the source said.

"No broad arrangement is on the agenda without a solution to the the issue of the return of our citizens and the bodies of our fallen soldiers in the Gaza Strip. Some of the reports in the media refer to internal contacts between Hamas and the PA," the source said.

Professor Simha Goldin, soldier Hadar Goldin's father, said that the cabinet meeting today, in which a proposed truce agreement with Hamas is to be discussed, is unnecessary.

"This is a staged play in order to try and show that the prime minister is committed to returning our sons. Someone decided to waste the time of the cabinet members to discuss a train that has already left the station. In the agreement of surrender, Israel joins with the United Nations, Egypt, Qatar, the US, the PA. The agreement began three days ago, and does not include soldiers and civilians. "



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