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Gaza-Israel Conflict: Stalled Peace Talks and Humanitarian Concerns

Gaza-Israel Conflict: Stalled Peace Talks and Humanitarian Concerns

Gaza Peace Negotiations Return to Starting Point

Hamas-Israel Truce Talks in Circles

For many months, conflicting headlines have reported that a truce between Hamas and Israel is either "near completion," "stalled," or "progressing." On Friday, peace negotiations seemed to have returned to their initial point, following a statement from Hamas reported by Reuters. The Palestinian militant group announced that attempts to establish a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip had reverted to their initial stage after Israel effectively dismissed a proposal put forward by international mediators.

Indirect Talks in Cairo Yield No Results

Representatives from both sides who were partaking in the 'indirect' talks in Cairo, which were also mediated by Qatar, returned home without any substantial progress. Israeli media also confirmed the talks "appeared to break up with no discernable progress, as the terror group said it had no intention of budging from a proposal already rejected by Israel." A high-ranking Israeli official stated that the Israeli team had also departed after presenting mediators with a list of its reservations about the Hamas proposal.

Stalemate Continues as Neither Side Backs Down

Earlier in the week, Hamas issued a statement asserting, "The ball is now completely in the hands of the occupation." Hence, neither side is retreating from their demands, leading to a stalemate. A significant point of disagreement has been Hamas' insistence that Israel's military fully and permanently withdraw from the Gaza Strip to retrieve hostages back. However, Israel has interpreted this as a mere temporary pause in fighting and removal of some forces.

Rafah Operation Continues Amid Humanitarian Concerns

At present, Israel seems to be proceeding with the Rafah operation and has encircled the eastern part of the city. The UN has expressed concern that humanitarian aid workers cannot access the surrounded part of the city. Rafah, home to approximately 1.3 million displaced individuals, has aid workers fearing a massacre if a full ground operation ensues.

Netanyahu Government's Stance on Hamas

The Netanyahu government has consistently maintained that Hamas can only be defeated if the IDF enters Gaza to eliminate the final brigades and commanders. Concurrently, tens of thousands of Palestinians have been seen leaving Rafah, but their ultimate destination remains uncertain. Egyptian security forces have maintained a strong presence on the other side of the border, fearing that the Rafah crossing could be overrun.

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