Israel hostage deal in its ‘final stages’
A truce between Hamas and Israel could be getting closer… Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hopes for “good news soon”, and this morning he met with his war cabinet to discuss the hostages. Reports say negotiations have focused on details like the length of the ceasefire, getting aid into Gaza, and a swap of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners. Yesterday, Ismail Haniyeh (aka the political head of Hamas) said his response to negotiations had been delivered to Qatari mediators – but he didn’t outline what that was. Meanwhile, a row is unfolding in Israel, with some families of the hostages clashing with far-right politicians who are advocating for the death penalty for captured Palestinian militants. “I beg you not to capitalise on our suffering now … when the lives of our loved ones are at stake, when the sword is at their necks,” said one family member. If a truce goes ahead, analysts say it could be a significant step towards ending the fighting.
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