July 21, 2024
Hamas Wants Israel To Commit To Permanent Ceasefire, Full Withdrawal From Gaza
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Hamas Wants Israel To Commit To Permanent Ceasefire, Full Withdrawal From Gaza

Hamas cannot agree to any deal unless Israel makes a “clear” commitment to a permanent ceasefire and a complete withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

This is according to Osama Hamdan, a Hamas official, when he addressed a televised press conference. 

Qatar, which, alongside the United States and Egypt, has been mediating talks between Hamas and Israel, has also urged Israel to provide a clear position that has the backing of its entire government to reach a deal.

A three-phase proposal presented by U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday, involved in its first phase a six-week ceasefire where Israeli forces would withdraw from “all populated areas” of Gaza and some hostages, including the elderly and women, would be freed in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

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Under that plan, Hamas and Israel would negotiate in the same phase, a permanent ceasefire that President Biden said would last as long as Hamas lives up to its commitments.

In the second phase, the US president said there would be an exchange for all remaining living hostages, including male soldiers, Israeli forces would withdraw from Gaza and the permanent ceasefire would begin.

The third phase in the proposal would include a major reconstruction plan for the enclave, which has been devastated by eight months of war, and the return of the remains of dead hostages to their families.

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