Agreement between the parties is nearing.
Israel has agreed to allow more aid to be delivered in exchange for the release of 50 civilians initially.
According to several sources, there has been a temporary hiatus in the conflict, and this has led to the release of some civilian hostages. It is possible that more hostage releases may occur in the future.
At this stage, there is no firm deal in hand but rather a written draft agreement that is being passed between parties who remain locked in what were described to CBS News as very difficult talks brokered with the help of the
The United States and Qatar have officially agreed to the US-Qatar Memorandum of Understanding.
Based on information from two sources who are knowledgeable about the matter.
During an appearance on “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan,” Jon Finer, the White House’s assistant national security advisor, stated that…
Numerous discrepancies in the hostage negotiations have been reduced, and the U.S. is now in closer proximity to reaching a final settlement.
The al-Shifa hospital is known for having complex relations with Hamas.
A reliable source informed CBS News that the preliminary agreement states that 50 hostages will be released on the first day, accompanied by a brief ceasefire lasting four days for six hours each day. If this release and ceasefire proceed as intended, an additional 20-25 hostages will be released, according to the source. Representatives from the White House have chosen not to make any statements regarding this delicate diplomatic situation.
During a press conference on Sunday in Doha, Prime Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani characterized the remaining issues in the potential deal between Israel and Hamas as minor logistical matters and stated that the parties are nearing a resolution.
According to those familiar with the discussions, there are currently various complicating factors, including the possibility of overhead surveillance during the releases. Additionally, Israel has requested that Hamas provide information on the captives they currently hold or can obtain from other militant organizations, as the exact number of hostages, estimated to be over 200, is still uncertain. Last week, two individuals who were previously unaccounted for, Noa Marciano and Yehudit Weiss, were believed to have been hostages.
The Israeli Defense Forces have discovered the remains of victims at the al-Shifa hospital complex in Gaza, which covers 45,00 square meters. These individuals were killed by the terrorist organization Hamas and other militants during an attack on October 7th in Israel. Efforts are ongoing to identify all of the victims.
According to Finer, being a civilian or a hostage in Gaza is highly perilous, making it urgent to act quickly. He shared this with CBS’ Margaret Brennan.
Finer stated that he would not use the expression “running out of time,” but rather emphasized the urgency of completing the task as soon as feasible.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel.
Last week, Norah O’Donnell reported that Israel had received significant evidence indicating that hostages were being held at al-Shifa hospital. This was one of the factors influencing the Israeli Defense Forces’ choice to enter the hospital. However, Netanyahu also mentioned that if there were hostages, they had already been removed.
The United States has not provided evidence to validate the evaluation, but has stated that…
It was reported recently that Hamas and members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad are using both al-Shifa hospital and underground tunnels as a “command and control node” to store weapons and hold hostages.
According to Finer, the United States remains confident in its evaluation and claims that the Israeli armed forces continue to utilize the al Shifa facility in order to gather additional intelligence.
Previous demand from Hamas
In order to free a certain amount of Palestinian females and minors from Israeli prisons, a release is being planned.
McGurk has stated since the beginning that this is the agreement they made. He also emphasized that it is Hamas’ responsibility to release all of the hostages, including women, children, toddlers, and babies.
After his meetings with the Mossad chief, CIA director Bill Burns has returned to Washington but has continued to be actively involved. President Biden has also been actively communicating, including a call to Qatar’s Emir on November 12th and another call on Friday, suggesting that a resolution is close.
The country of Qatar is utilizing its connection with Hamas to facilitate discussions, while the United States is assisting in facilitating agreements between a small group in Doha and leaders of Hamas in Gaza, as well as Israel’s five-member war cabinet, headed by Netanyahu.