/ 13 June 2024

Humming and hawing over Hamas

TOPSHOT - Rockets are fired from Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, towards Israel on May 10, 2021. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)
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A UN-backed resolution for a ceasefire in Gaza is hanging in the balance after Hamas asked for various “amendments”. White House national security spokesman John Kirby says the US – which developed the 3-part plan – is “evaluating it right now”. The exact details haven’t been revealed, but Hamas spokesman Jihad Taha says they want to “confirm the ceasefire, withdrawal, reconstruction and (prisoner) exchange.” But the group also flagged concerns about whether Israel will commit to a permanent and full troop withdrawal. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insists PM Benjamin Netanyahu is committed, but Netanyahu’s comment that Israel will not stop until its goal of destroying Hamas is achieved has cast doubt on the deal. While the indecision continues, our government has reaffirmed its support for Gazans, promising another $10 million in aid yesterday.

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