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US Pressure on Israel-Hamas: Path to Gaza Ceasefire?

US Pressure on Israel-Hamas: Path to Gaza Ceasefire?
Israel has withdrawn most troops from southern Gaza - but it is not being interpreted as an end to t... Israel has withdrawn most troops from southern Gaza - but it is not being interpreted as an end to the war
US Pressure on Israel-Hamas: Path to Gaza Ceasefire?
Israel has withdrawn most troops from southern Gaza - but it is not being interpreted as an end to t... Israel has withdrawn most troops from southern Gaza - but it is not being interpreted as an end to the war

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US Pressure on Israel-Hamas: Path to Gaza Ceasefire?

Negotiating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has proved challenging, with weeks of talks failing to reach an agreement. Despite this, there’s increasing international pressure to find a resolution, exemplified by the Biden administration sending CIA Director William Burns to Cairo for talks.

Hamas maintains its demands for a permanent ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli troops, and the return of displaced Palestinians to Gaza’s northern areas without restrictions. Conversely, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists on continuing until Hamas is dismantled and hostages are released.

Notably, the involvement of the CIA Director signals heightened American engagement in the negotiations. Yet, a conclusive deal remains elusive despite this pressure.

With mounting frustration among key allies, particularly the US, Israeli officials are open to concessions. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant suggests now is the time for a truce, reflecting both domestic and international calls for de-escalation.

Proposed terms include releasing hostages captured in Hamas attacks in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. However, Hamas denies holding as many hostages as claimed, complicating negotiations.

Netanyahu faces challenges domestically, with increasing demands to secure the hostages’ release. Hostage families accuse him of prioritizing political survival over their loved ones’ plight, leading to calls for his resignation.

Divisions within Netanyahu’s coalition government further complicate matters. Ultraright nationalist allies oppose concessions to Hamas, hindering Netanyahu’s negotiation efforts.

Hamas hasn’t formally responded to the latest proposal but seeks an agreement ending aggression against its people. However, proposed terms fall short of Hamas’s demands, prolonging the impasse.

Ultimately, the decision rests with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, who’s reportedly challenging to communicate with. Hamas seeks guarantees of a permanent ceasefire to prevent further Israeli attacks post-hostage release.

As negotiations continue, Hamas may believe international criticism of Israel and the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza will pressure concessions. However, reaching a resolution hinges on decision-makers’ readiness on both sides to compromise.


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