Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused Hamas’ ceasefire and hostage-release terms, describing them as unrealistic. He stated that Israel will continue its military campaign against Hamas until achieving complete victory. Netanyahu’s rejection came after a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was working to promote a ceasefire agreement. Netanyahu emphasized that Israel is the only entity capable of ensuring long-term security in the region and opposes any agreement that allows Hamas to maintain control in Gaza. Hamas has proposed a three-step plan, but Israel remains focused on dismantling Hamas’ military capabilities. US President Joe Biden commented on Hamas’ demands, deeming them excessive but indicating a commitment to ongoing negotiations. The conflict escalated with Hamas militants infiltrating Israel, resulting in casualties and abductions, with hostages being a key issue amid ongoing military actions.