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Accumulated prominent quotes from Israel in the Arab and Palestinian media that received great resonance in the last 12 hours:

1. قناة الجزيرة:
عاجل | رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي السابق إيهود باراك: إسرائيل بحاجة لانتخابات مبكرة قبل فوات الأوان

عاجل | إيهود باراك: حماس لم تهزم واحتمال استعادة الرهائن يتراجع رغم المكاسب التي حققها الجيش

عاجل | رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي السابق إيهود باراك: إسرائيل بحاجة لقيادة جديدة وغياب هدف واقعي سيغرقنا في مستنقع غزة

Al Jazeera:
Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister of Israel: Israel needs early elections before it is too late.
Hamas will not be defeated and the chance of returning the abductees decreases despite the army’s achievements.
Israel needs new leadership and the lack of a realistic goal will cause us to sink into the Gaza mud.

2. #عاجل | هآرتس عن مصدر بالطاقم الوزاري الأمني المصغر: لا مستقبل للحرب ونتنياهو يماطل لكسب الوقت والهروب من المسؤولية؛ وفق الصحيفة.

Haaretz, from a source in the small security cabinet:
There is no future for war and Netanyahu is stalling to gain time and escape responsibility.

3. يديعوت أحرونوت:
نتنياهو يماطل في بحث مبادرة مصرية لصفقة تبادل أسرى تنتهي بوقف الحرب على قطاع غزة
Yediot Aharonot:
Netanyahu postpones discussion of an Egyptian initiative for a prisoner deal that would end the war in Gaza.

4. ‌‎#عاجل | عضو مجلس الحرب الإسرائيلي غادي آيزنكوت: من المستحيل إعادة المختطفين أحياء دون صفقة ومن يقول غير ذلك كاذب

Al Jazeera: War Cabinet member Gadi Eisenkot: It is impossible to return the abductees alive without a deal and anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

I would like to point out that as soon as a quote like the one I brought up is on the Al Jazeera channel, its circulation washes over all the Arab channels due to the power of influence of Al Jazeera and the high ratings it receives. The things that appear in Al Jazeera are quickly reproduced and appear in almost every Arab media that deals with the Palestinian issue.

As I mentioned last time, a person is allowed to say quite a lot within the framework of freedom of speech… Just try to read the above quotes from the perspective of Yahya Sinwar, of Nasrallah and of each of Israel’s enemies from the ranks of the military operatives to the decision makers. The resulting picture of the situation in Israel is reminiscent of the months before October 7. This is what encouraged them to go to war.

As for the quote about needing a prisoner deal – even if it is true, when a cabinet member says it publicly it increases the bargaining power of the other side in such a deal.

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Reality Check

Public comments are not revealing anything they don’t know. Their bargaining advantage comes from the fact they hold the hostages and they know our sensitivity on the subject. It’s the Israeli public that needs to be told the truth.

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