Israeli official reveals US proposal for hostage-prisoner exchange with Hamas

Mar24,2024



New Delhi: The United States has proposed a plan regarding the release of Palestinians jailed by Israel in exchange for hostages freed by Hamas in possible Gaza ceasefire talks, according to an Israeli official familiar with the discussions in Qatar.
The talks, chaired by CIA Director William Burns, included an Israeli delegation led by Mossad chief David Barnia with Qatari and Egyptian officials. The talks revealed disagreement over the ratio of prisoner exchanges, prompting the US to present a stronger offer, which Israel agreed to. Agreed while waiting for Hamas' response.
No specific description of America's proposal The disclosure was made public, and the US Embassy in Israel declined to immediately comment.
In case of no deal, Israel plans to stop it Gaza offensive For six weeks and in the recent incident to bring back people taken hostage by Hamas. The previous ceasefire included the release of jailed Palestinians for each freed hostage, now the release of senior militants is expected.
Hamas blamed Israel for delaying talks, citing the need to end military actions and allow displaced persons to return. Meanwhile, Hamas reported the death of an Israeli hostage due to lack of essential items, a claim Israel dismissed as part of psychological warfare.
Palestinian officials suggest that a ceasefire agreement While not imminent, Israel's stance is responsible for the delay. Hamas insists on Israeli commitments to end hostilities and withdraw troops from Gaza, which Israel rejects, with the goal being to eliminate Hamas in the long run.



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