After media reported a possible agreement on a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the White House and Netanyahu disagreed. However, there is still no agreement as White House spokeswoman Adrienne Watson stated on Saturday evening (local time) after the Washington Post reported that Israel and Hamas are close to agreeing on a ceasefire in the Middle East conflict.
Israel, the USA, and the radical Islamic Palestinian group Hamas negotiated a five-day break in fighting in the Gaza Strip. With the agreement drawn up by Qatari capital Doha, all parties would freeze fighting for at least five days. Initially, 50 or more hostages will be released in smaller groups every 24 hours. The situation on the ground should be monitored using air surveillance to enable significantly more humanitarian aid including fuel from Egypt to reach.
On Sunday night, Israeli television published details of a possible agreement to release hostages in the Gaza Strip. The Islamist terrorist organization Hamas is said to have signaled its fundamental willingness to release 87 hostages, among them 53 women, children, and young people and 34 foreigners. In return, Israel must commit to a five-day pause in fighting in the Gaza Strip and to releasing female Palestinian prisoners minors in Israeli prisons and so-called security prisoners. Hamas is also demanding that more fuel be imported into the coastal strip. However, it is still unclear whether the deal will move forward as there has been little contact with Hamas leader Yahya al-Sinwar lately who has not yet provided a clear final answer through mediators in Qatar. Israel believes that Al-Sinwar has been hiding underground since October 7th’s war began on his birthplace Khan Yunis in southern coastal strip communication takes place via several intermediaries Netanyahu stated at press conference on Saturday evening that there were many unfounded rumors and false reports regarding hostages