On Hamas hostages in Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu is optimistic

Benjamin Netanyahu reported “progress” this Tuesday, November 21, in negotiations with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the release of hostages held in Gaza.
ABIR SULTAN / AFP Benjamin Netanyahu reported “progress” this Tuesday, November 21, in negotiations with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the release of hostages held in Gaza.

ABIR SULTAN / AFP

Benjamin Netanyahu reported “progress” this Tuesday, November 21, in negotiations with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the release of hostages held in Gaza.

INTERNATIONAL – The talks seem to have taken a crucial turn for the rest of the . For the first time, the Israeli Prime Minister, reported ” progress “ this Tuesday, November 21 in negotiations with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the release of hostages held in Gaza.

“We are making progress. I don’t think it’s useful to say too much (…) but I hope there will be good news soon”he declared on a military base in the north of the country, while discussions are underway, from Egypt and the United States.

Shortly thereafter, his office announced a meeting of the war government at 6:00 p.m., the security cabinet at 7:00 p.m., and the Government at 8:00 p.m. in the tweet below. While discussions are ongoing, the Israeli Prime Minister estimated this Tuesday evening that the agreement with Hamas to release hostages is “the right decision” to take.

On the other hand, Benyamin Netanyahu did not make any reference to the ceasefire. “We will act for the return of security both in the south and in the north” of Israel, he said : “We continue until victory”.

“We are very close” to an agreement, according to Biden

Qatar for its part affirmed this Tuesday morning that an agreement was very close for the release of the hostages, in exchange for a truce in the Palestinian territory where the Israeli army is relentlessly continuing its offensive against Hamas. Two sources told AFP on Tuesday that the talks also focused on an agreement for the release of “ 50 to 100 » hostages in exchange for the release of 300 Palestinian prisoners in Israel, including children and women.

For his part, Hamas leader Ismaïl Haniyeh said: “ We are getting closer to concluding a truce agreement »in a brief message in Arabic sent by his office to AFP.

“We are now very, very close” of an agreement, said American President Joe Biden this Tuesday evening. “We could bring some of these hostages home very soon”declared the American president, wishing to emphasize that “nothing is done until it is done”.

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