Tue 09 Apr 2024 11:09 pm - Jerusalem Time

The White House: Hamas’ position on the truce proposal is “less than encouraging”

The White House considered on Tuesday that the position issued by Hamas so far regarding a proposal that includes a truce in Gaza and an exchange of hostages and detainees is “less than encouraging.”

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said, “We have seen the public statements issued by Hamas, and it can be said that they are less than encouraging.”

However, Sullivan said that on Tuesday morning he held talks with Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who indicated that he “has not yet received a response from Hamas.”

The proposal was presented to Hamas during a “marathon” meeting held on Sunday in Cairo, according to Sullivan, in the presence of representatives of the Israeli government and Hamas through Egyptian, American, and Qatari mediators.

Sullivan added, “I urged him to try to obtain a response from them as quickly as possible, and when we obtain more information in this regard, we will inform you immediately.”

He stressed that “the time has come to conclude this ceasefire (agreement). we are ready. I think Israel is ready. I believe that Hamas must come to the table and, in turn, be ready for that.”

Hamas announced on Tuesday that it is “studying the submitted proposal with all national responsibility, and will inform the mediators of its response once this is completed.”

In addition to a six-week ceasefire, the proposal initially stipulates the release of 42 Israeli hostages in exchange for the release of 800 to 900 Palestinians detained by Israel, the entry of 400 to 500 trucks of food aid daily and the return of displaced persons from northern Gaza to their towns, according to a source from agitation.


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The White House: Hamas’ position on the truce proposal is “less than encouraging”