“Mistakes Were Made. We Could Release Hostages If Israel Ceasefire” —  Hamas Co-Founder Told The Globe and Mail

Sheik Hassan Yousef, a co-founder of Hamas, acknowledged “mistakes” in the group’s October 7 invasion of Israel, during an exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail. 

Sheikh Hassan Yousef, at his home in Ramallah | The Globe and Mail/Mark MacKinnon 
Sheikh Hassan Yousef, at his home in Ramallah | The Globe and Mail/Mark MacKinnon 

He expressed that Hamas would consider releasing women, children, and foreigners held hostage in Gaza if Israel agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire for humanitarian aid. He claimed that Hamas has no interest in keeping hostages and called on the international community to negotiate a pause. 

Yousef spoke as U.S. President Joe Biden visited Israel, following an explosion at Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza. He criticized Biden’s statement that the blast may have been caused by a misfired Palestinian rocket, asserting that it was caused by the Israelis using American weapons. He argued that the October attack was justified due to Israel’s long occupation and blockade of Gaza but acknowledged that some fighters may have gone too far.

Yousef resides in the West Bank and participated in a protest in Ramallah, calling for the fall of President Mahmoud Abbas’s regime. Hamas is popular in the West Bank, but Yousef stated that they lack the weapons to confront Israel militarily in the region. It’s unclear to what extent Yousef speaks for the Gaza-based armed wing of Hamas.

In response to Yousef’s remarks, Mr. Netanyahu’s office stated that aid would not be allowed into Gaza from Israel until captives are returned, but they agreed not to prevent supplies from Egypt, limited to food, water, and medicine for civilians.

The situation remains complex, with various parties involved, including different Hamas factions, and peace talks and negotiations continue to be of utmost importance.

Update:

Just hours after granting an interview to The Globe and Mail on Thursday, Sheik Hassan Yousef was arrested in a substantial Israeli operation across Ramallah, Hebron, and other cities. The operation resulted in five fatalities and numerous detentions. Yousef was subjected to administrative detention, a procedure employed by Israeli security forces to incarcerate individuals without trial, with the reasons for detention remaining undisclosed.

Source: The Globe and Mail 

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Jay
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Jay
7 months ago

Mistake? They realized too late. They must learn their lessons

Don Fitzgibbon
7 months ago

Claiming a mistake was made is unbelievable . I’m astounded that anyone would consider making such a remark about such a brutal attack