Gaza: Hamas will respond Monday to Israel’s truce proposals

A senior official in the Palestinian movement announced Sunday to Agence France-Presse that a delegation from the Hamas movement will arrive in Egypt next Monday to present its response to the recent Israeli proposal regarding a truce in the fighting in the Gaza Strip and the release of hostages.

The senior Palestinian official said on condition of anonymity that the delegation, “headed by Khalil al-Hayya,” a member of the political wing of the Hamas movement in Gaza and a major participant in these negotiations, “will meet with the director and officials of the Egyptian intelligence service to discuss and present the movement’s response.”

Hamas had indicated that on Saturday it had received a “counter-proposal” presented by Israel within the framework of mediation by Qatar and Egypt. The senior official in the Palestinian movement added that the delegation should also discuss a “new Egyptian proposal.”

Another source close to the negotiations within Hamas told AFP that the movement is “ready to discuss the new Egyptian proposal in a positive way,” which includes “progress.”

The source added that Hamas “wants to reach an agreement that guarantees a permanent ceasefire and the voluntary return” of the displaced, “an acceptable arrangement to exchange” Palestinian prisoners for Israeli hostages, and “an end to the siege” on Gaza.

An Egyptian delegation met with Israeli officials in Israel on Friday. The Cairo News Agency, which is linked to Egyptian intelligence, confirmed that the meeting provided “significant progress in bringing the viewpoints of the Egyptian and Israeli delegations closer together.”

The American news site Axios, citing Israeli officials, said on Saturday that Israel said in its latest offer that it was ready to discuss a “return to permanent calm” in Gaza once the hostages are released. Axios said: “This is the first time that Israeli leaders have suggested that they are open to discussing the end of the war in Gaza.”

Against the backdrop of negotiations taking place under Qatari and Egyptian mediation, Hamas publishes a new video of Israeli prisoners it holdsEgypt, Qatar, and the United States are trying – so far to no avail – to convince Israel and Hamas to stop the fighting, which has not stopped since the end of the week-long truce on December 1, which allowed the release of 80 Israeli hostages in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons.

Diplomatic efforts have intensified in recent days, with Israel confirming its intention to launch an attack on Rafah, where it believes the last Hamas brigades are gathering.

This announced operation raises opposition from capitals and international organizations that fear a massacre among 1.5 million civilians, according to the United Nations, who are gathering in this area located on the southern end of the Gaza Strip, due to the fighting.

Israel launched a comprehensive attack on the Gaza Strip after the unprecedented attack carried out by Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2007, on October 7 in southern Israel.

The Hamas attack led to the deaths of 1,170 people, most of them civilians, according to an Agence France-Presse report based on official Israeli data. Palestinian fighters also kidnapped about 250 people and took them to Gaza. Among them, according to Israel, 129 people are still in the Gaza Strip, of whom 34 are considered dead by the Israeli army.

The massive military operation carried out by Israel in response to the Gaza Strip, which promised to eliminate Hamas, resulted in the deaths of 34,454 people, most of them civilians, according to Hamas.

From: Fez News website

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