Israel Indicates Progress in Gaza Truce Talks with Hamas Amid Conflict
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

Jerusalem – As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, there are signs of potential progress in truce talks between the two parties. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that the ongoing offensive in Rafah might be delayed if a cease-fire deal is reached.

Mediators, including the U.S., Egypt, Qatar, and Israel, have reportedly made headway in negotiating a weeks-long cease-fire. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan acknowledged that discussions are underway, particularly concerning a potential hostage deal in exchange for the temporary cessation of hostilities.

Sullivan stated, “I’m not going to go into the specifics of that because it is still under negotiation in terms of hammering out the details of it. There will have to be indirect discussions by Qatar and Egypt with Hamas because ultimately, they will have to agree to release the hostages.”

Netanyahu emphasized that a cease-fire would only delay operational plans in Rafah, including the evacuation of more than one million civilians seeking refuge. He noted, “Once we begin the Rafah operation, the intense phase of the fighting is weeks away from completion. Not months. If we don’t have a deal, we’ll do it anyway.”

Over the weekend, thousands gathered in Tel Aviv, demanding the release of hostages held by Hamas. Actor Michael Rapaport expressed frustration, saying, “It makes me sick that you have had to beg the people whose job it is to bring them home.”

The conflict has taken a toll on both sides, with the Israeli military reporting the death of 19-year-old Oz Daniel, an Israeli soldier held hostage by Hamas. The Palestinian Ministry of Health, affiliated with Hamas, reported at least 86 Palestinian deaths in Gaza within the last 24 hours, bringing the total to nearly 30,000 since the October 7 attack. The Israeli Defense Forces stated that 239 of its soldiers have been killed. The situation remains fluid as negotiations continue amid the ongoing hostilities.

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