Israel Approves Delegation for Peace Talks in Qatar Amid Ongoing Conflict with Hamas
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FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and French Foreign Minister Sejourne in Jerusalem

By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

In a significant development in the Israel-Hamas conflict, Israel’s war cabinet has given the green light for the continuation of peace talks and the dispatch of negotiators to Qatar. The move aims to discuss the possibility of securing a ceasefire and addressing the issue of hostages held in Gaza.

The decision follows a previous meeting in Paris, where negotiators engaged with representatives from the United States, Qatar, and Egypt. Sources reveal that the draft deal on the table involves the potential release of approximately 40 female and elderly hostages held in Gaza. In return, Israel would consider releasing up to 300 Palestinian prisoners, with a focus on women, minors, and elderly individuals.

A senior Egyptian official, deeply involved in mediating between the conflicting parties, spoke anonymously about the proposed terms. The envisaged agreement includes a six-week cessation of hostilities, during which hundreds of aid trucks would be permitted daily entry into Gaza, particularly to the northern region of the besieged territory.

Both sides have reportedly agreed to maintain negotiations throughout this temporary pause, aiming to facilitate additional hostage releases and work towards a more enduring ceasefire. Despite these diplomatic efforts, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to approve operational strategies for action in Rafah, with details concerning the evacuation of civilians.

Chief of General Staff Herzi Halevi emphasized that IDF soldiers would conduct an extended search for hostages and Hamas leaders in various areas of the Strip. However, these plans come against the backdrop of an informal deadline, with expectations of actions starting around March 10th, coinciding with the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

While diplomatic talks unfold, tensions are palpable within Israel. In Tel Aviv, police employed water cannons to disperse demonstrators protesting against the government, specifically calling for the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas militants.

As negotiations progress and actions on the ground unfold, the international community watches closely, hoping for a breakthrough that could bring an end to the longstanding conflict and alleviate the suffering of those affected by the ongoing hostilities.

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