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Israel To Offer A Ceasefire Deal To Hamas Brokered By Egypt, Qatar, & USA- Is The War Finally Over?

Israel has planned its latest truce deal with Hamas that includes a ceasefire in exchange for Israeli captives released brokered by Qatar, Egypt & USA. However, Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh said the truce needs to be “studied and discussed” more, pointing toward a potential disagreement.

On Thursday, Hamas officially confirmed that its delegates are all set to travel to Cairo, Egypt, to meet with Israeli delegates and discuss the terms of a new truce. Reportedly, Israel has offered a 40-day ceasefire and Palestinian hostages released in exchange for some Israeli captives being freed. According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the deal is a no-brainer for Hamas. He believes “the only thing standing between the people of Gaza and a ceasefire was Hamas."

However, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh isn’t willing to sign a truce that doesn’t ensure a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, which the Israeli Prime Minister is reluctant to offer. The militant group issued a statement regarding the ceasefire proposal, “We are determined to secure an agreement in a way that fulfills Palestinians' demands.”

Benjamin Netanyahu many times expressed his intentions to greenlight a ground operation in Rafah, where millions of Palestinians are taking refuge right now. Despite the truce results, he intends to stick with the plan to start an offensive in Rafah.

A member of Israel’s war cabinet told CBS, “An official response to the outline has not yet been received. When accepted, the war management cabinet will meet and discuss it. Until then, I suggest to the 'political sources' and all decision-makers to wait for official updates, act calmly, and not get into hysteria for political reasons."

Apart from Egypt and Qatar, Israel’s ally, the USA is also a key figure in the ceasefire discussion. The Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Williams Burns, is already in Cairo to help broker a peaceful deal. Despite US support for Israel, President Biden is strongly against another ground operation without taking any measures for the safety of the refugees in that area.

The United Nations Chief, Antonio Guterres, expressed his worry for the Palestinians as he wrote on X, addressing the leaders involved in the deal, “For the sake of the people of Gaza, the hostages & their families, and the region & the wider world – I strongly encourage the government of Israel & Hamas leadership to reach an agreement in their negotiations.”

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