WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Plan to release ALL HOSTAGES in exchange for free passage for Gaza’s Hamas leaders

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Plan to release ALL HOSTAGES in exchange for free passage for Gaza’s Hamas leaders

Jewish News can reveal an extraordinary two-stage deal is in the works, negotiated between Hamas in Qatar, an American negotiator via the White House and Israel, that would see the release of hostages in exchange for increased aid into Gaza and safe passage for Hamas leaders in the Strip and their families

Jenni Frazer is a freelance journalist

Foreign Minister of Israel Eli Cohen speaks while holding photos of kidnapped Israelis during the SC meeting on the situation in the Middle East at UN Headquarters in New York on October 24, 2023
Foreign Minister of Israel Eli Cohen speaks while holding photos of kidnapped Israelis during the SC meeting on the situation in the Middle East at UN Headquarters in New York on October 24, 2023

An extraordinary plan is under way to secure the release of all the remaining hostages in the Gaza Strip — together with the bodies of fallen Israel soldiers held by Hamas since 2014 — in exchange for greater aid into the Strip and free passage out of Gaza for Hamas leaders and their families, Jewish News can exclusively reveal.

The two-stage plan is being put together by American-Israeli entrepreneur Moti Kahana in partnership with the White House, a well-known seasoned American negotiator, France and a Syrian adviser to Kahana’s company, Global Delivery Corporation.

In the first stage of the project — whose details will be hammered out with Hamas leaders in Qatar —medical supplies, baby and hygiene provisions will be sent in to Gaza solely for civilian use.

These goods — £16m of which Kahana has waiting in an American warehouse, ready to be flown to Egypt— will be provided in exchange for the release of all foreign and dual nationality hostages held by Hamas.

American-Israeli entrepreneur Moti Kahana with the aid packages ready to be shipped into Gaza via Egypt.

The second stage, Kahana says, will mirror what Israel did in 1982 when the PLO leadership, including Yasir Arafat, were allowed by Israel to leave Lebanon. Most of them then settled in Tunisia.

Kahana’s plan, in co-ordination with Israel and the US, will allow “Hamas leaders in Gaza, not those involved in the slaughter of Israelis”, to leave the Strip in exchange for the release of all the remaining hostages. Included in this arrangement will be the presumed bodies of two Israeli soldiers held by Hamas since 2014, and two other Israelis who wandered into Gaza and were taken prisoner.

Kahana told Jewish News: “Anyone who was involved on October 7, who crossed the border into Israel and took part in the massacre, and has blood on his hands, will not be able to leave Gaza”.

The plan envisages the Hamas leaders either leaving Gaza via Egypt, to resettle elsewhere, or to leave by boat from the Gaza shoreline. Kahana says Israel and the US both have lists of those who would be eligible to leave the Strip, and strict control will be exercised to ensure that the terrorists who took part in the 7 October massacres in Israel or were involved in holding of the hostages will not be among those allowed to leave.

Yokheved Lifshitz and Nurit Yitzhak were released on Monday evening.

Kahana, who has been involved in humanitarian rescue projects in many parts of the world, began working in Syria in 2011 and, with the help of Syrian opposition forces including Hamas affiliates, was able to rescue artefacts from the 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in Damascus.

He says that at that time, in exchange for that help, he provided the Hamas men with food and supplies for their families. “It was during Eid and they were living in tunnels in Damascus. I gave them baby formula, women’s hygiene items, and meat”. That more than a decade old mutual help means the Hamas men know Kahana and his work.

Between 2016 and 2018, he worked between Syria and Israel during Operation Good Neighbour, bringing many women and children from Syria to be treated in Israeli hospitals in the north of the country. They were then repatriated after medical treatment.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Kahana, in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and currently with the American Jewish Committee, (AJC) was also involved in relief work on the Romanian/Ukraine border, sending urgent supplies over to Ukraine from a camp established on the Romanian side.

A spokesperson for the Israeli government denied knowledge of the plan, telling Jewish News: “This sounds like Hamas propaganda stemming from the pressure they are under.”


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