Biden calls on Hamas to respond positively to new Israeli proposal to end conflict

US President Joe Biden said it is time for Israel’s war on Hamas to “end” and revealed the Middle Eastern country has offered a new ceasefire deal to the Palestinian terror group.

The deal would include the return of Israeli hostages held in Gaza and the reconstruction of civilian areas destroyed by Israel’s attack.


“As someone who’s had a lifelong commitment to Israel, as the only American president who has ever gone to Israel at a time of war, as someone who just sent the U.S. forces to directly defend Israel when it was attacked by Iran, I ask you to take a step back, think what will happen if this moment is lost,” he said.
A hostage exchange proposal submitted earlier this year included the release of sick, elderly and injured hostages in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a six-week ceasefire, with the possibility of extending it to permit more humanitarian aid into the strip.

The proposed deal collapsed earlier this month after Israel declined to accept a permanent end to the war as part of the negotiations and launched an intensive attack on the town of Rafah in the southern Strip. Gaza.

Hamas said on Thursday that it had notified mediators that it would not partake in further negotiations given the continuation of the “aggression”, but that it was ready to reach a “complete agreement”, including the exchange of hostages and prisoners if Israel stopped the war.

Talks orchestrated by Egypt, Qatar and other parties to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have repeatedly stalled, with each side blaming the other for the lack of progress.

A US official said White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan would meet on Friday with diplomats from 17 countries whose citizens are being held hostage by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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