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Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the war with Hamas in Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected Hamas’s proposed ceasefire terms – saying “total victory” in Gaza is possible within months.

He was speaking after Hamas laid out a series of demands in response to an Israel-backed ceasefire proposal.

He said negotiations with the group were “not going anywhere” and described their terms as “bizarre”.

Talks between negotiators are continuing.

“There is no other solution but a complete and final victory,” Mr Netanyahu told a press conference on Wednesday.

“If Hamas will survive in Gaza, it’s only a question of time until the next massacre.”

Mr Netanyahu’s remarks show he intends to pursue the conflict in the region, senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters news agency.

“Netanyahu’s comments are a form of political bravado,” he said.

“The movement [Hamas] is prepared to deal with all options.”

An Egyptian official source told the BBC that a new round of negotiations is expected to start tomorrow in Cairo, sponsored by Egypt and Qatar.

Egypt calls on all parties to show the necessary flexibility to reach a calm agreement, the source said.

On Tuesday, Hamas had put forward a counter-offer to a ceasefire proposal backed by Israel and the US, and mediated by Qatar and Egypt.

A draft of the Hamas document seen by Reuters news agency listed these terms:

Phase one: A 45-day pause in fighting during which all Israeli women hostages, males under 19, the elderly and sick would be exchanged for Palestinian women and children held in Israeli jails. Israeli forces would withdraw from populated areas of Gaza, and the reconstruction of hospitals and refugee camps would begin.

Phase two: Remaining male Israeli hostages would be exchanged for Palestinian prisoners and Israeli forces leave Gaza completely.

Phase three: Both sides would exchange remains and bodies.

The proposed deal would also see deliveries of food and other aid to Gaza increase. By the end of the 135-day pause in fighting, Hamas said negotiations to end the war would have concluded.

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