Israel urged to make the next move in hostage release deal, says Hamas

In Paris, Mossad head David Barnea met with US CIA Director William Burns and Qatari Prime Minister Muhammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to discuss the resumption of negotiations for the release of hostages held by Hamas. During this meeting, it was decided that negotiations would resume based on new proposals from Egypt and Qatar, with the active involvement of the United States.

However, despite these developments, Israel remains pessimistic about reaching an agreement. They believe that Hamas is not flexible enough to find a resolution to the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The ongoing situation highlights the challenges of finding a peaceful resolution to the complex issues in the region.

In response to these concerns, Mahmoud al-Mardawi, a representative of the Hamas leadership abroad, stated that “the ball is in Israel’s court.” He emphasized that Israel should take only one step towards peace: a permanent ceasefire and complete withdrawal from Gaza.

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