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Progress in Hamas-Israel Truce Talks: Hostages Release and Prisoners' Freedom In Sight

Progress in Hamas-Israel Truce Talks: Hostages Release and Prisoners' Freedom In Sight

Progress in Hamas-Israel Truce Talks: Hostages Release and Prisoners' Freedom in Sight

Truce Talks Between Hamas and Israel Reach Critical Point

There are strong indications that Hamas and Israel are on the brink of reaching a truce agreement. This deal is expected to focus on the release of Israeli hostages and the liberation of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. The Times of Israel reports that negotiations for a possible hostage deal and truce in Gaza reached a crucial phase on Saturday. Hamas is preparing to respond to the latest proposal, and Israel has hinted at a possible offensive in Rafah if an agreement is not reached.

Hamas Reportedly Accepts Deal

Separately, Haaretz, citing regional Arab sources, reports that Hamas has essentially accepted a deal. The final hours of Egyptian and Qatari mediated discussions have reportedly witnessed significant progress. However, an Israeli official has stated that 'Israel will not agree to end the war as part of a deal under any circumstances,' and is determined to enter Rafah, potentially rendering the current headlines premature.

U.S. Guarantees for Hamas

Haaretz also reports that the U.S. has assured Hamas of a complete Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and that Israeli forces will cease fighting once the hostages are released. However, given Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent and consistent rhetoric promising not to stop the operation until Palestinian terrorists in the Strip are eliminated, a full IDF withdrawal still seems unlikely.

One Week Ultimatum for Hamas

Israeli leaders have given Hamas a one-week ultimatum to agree to the proposed deal or face a full-scale assault on Rafah. The deal is expected to result in the release of fewer than 40 hostages, focusing on children, the elderly, and the sick.

Israel Awaits Hamas' Final Position

An Israeli official told Haaretz that the government is "anxiously waiting to see Hamas' final position." However, the official warned that even if Hamas agrees to the proposed framework, the small details and reservations it may eventually present could dissolve the entire deal. This has been the case in previous rounds of negotiations, which collapsed at the last minute over specific details, typically involving disputes over the names on the hostage release list.

Conclusion

The situation remains tense as both parties await the final decision. The stakes are high, and the world watches with bated breath. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think a truce is achievable? Share this article with your friends and let us know your views. Don't forget to sign up for the Daily Briefing, which is available every day at 6 pm.

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