Hamas has recently made a number of truce proposals to Israel through mediators, but none of them included any significant concessions and therefore they could not develop into negotiations, a senior Israeli security official has said.

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A senior Israeli security official confirmed on Tuesday that Hamas has recently made a number of armistice proposals to Israel through mediators, but said none of those included actual concessions.

The official said negotiating a truce has been impossible due to Hamas’ lack of willingness to make significant concessions, such as dismantling its military wing. He added that, if a substantial offer is made, Israel will consider it.

In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Hamas for “pushing civilians, women, children into the line of fire with the view of getting casualties.”

When asked by anchor Jeff Glor whether the IDF “went too far,” Netanyahu replied, “I don’t know of any army that would do anything differently if you had to protect your border against people who say, ‘We’re going to destroy you, and we’re going to flood into your country.’ You try other means. You try all sorts of means. You try non-lethal means, and they don’t work, so you’re left with bad choices.”