A broad framework for the possibility of hostage release and a ceasefire in Gaza has been presented to Hamas
Wide frame for The release of hostages and a possible ceasefire in the war Between Hamas and Israel it was agreed upon by negotiators in Paris this weekend, according to an official familiar with the talks.
The official said that although there is a basic framework that negotiators feel they can move forward with, “the details will be very difficult” to work out. Although negotiators reached an agreement on broad outlines, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office indicated on Monday that there were concerns about “unacceptable terms.”
The official said that Egyptian intelligence handed over the frame to Hamas today in Rafah.
The framework calls for the implementation of a first phase of the release of civilian hostages during a six-week pause, with the release of three Palestinian prisoners held by Israel for every civilian hostage who returns from Gaza. This percentage is expected to increase for IDF soldiers, and a longer pause is possible after the six weeks of the subsequent phases.
“I feel optimistic” after the Paris Agreement, the official said, warning that it may take some time for the details to be clarified.
The framework consists of a mix of different proposals presented by Israel, Hamas, Qatar, and Egypt, along with additional ideas from the United States. Proposals differed regarding the duration of the pause and the rates of exchange of prisoners and hostages.
The November agreement resulted in a cessation of fighting for a week in exchange for the release of more than 100 hostages, and another agreement to release more than 100 hostages still represents a major achievement at a time of tremendous tension in the Middle East, with growing concerns about this. The outbreak of a broader regional conflict.
The Israeli army launched its attack with the aim of eliminating Hamas, after more than 1,200 people were killed and 250 others were kidnapped in the October 7 attacks launched by the movement on southern Israel.
Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7 have killed at least 100 people 25,700 PalestiniansAccording to the Ministry of Health run by Hamas in Gaza. CNN cannot independently verify the numbers due to the difficulty of reporting from the war zone.
Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Monday that Sunday’s discussions had made “good progress to put things back on track and at least lay the foundation for moving forward.”
“We are in a much better position than we were a few weeks ago,” Al Thani said at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.
Al Thani described the framework that emerged from discussions that took place in France with himself, CIA Director Bill Burns, and the heads of Israeli and Egyptian intelligence as a combination of “what the Israelis proposed and what was a counter-proposal from Hamas.”
“We tried to mix things together to come up with some kind of reasonable ground that brings everyone together,” he said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he discussed “ongoing efforts” to free Israeli hostages and create an “extended pause” in fighting in Gaza during his meeting with Al Thani on Monday.
“This is critical for them to be able to reach the formula that we talked about to put a permanent end to the cycle of violence that we have witnessed in the region, generation after generation, and the opportunity to actually achieve that,” Blinken said. “To achieve this, an integrated Israel that has relations with all of its neighbors,” Blinken said. “And the security commitments and guarantees it needs to make sure it can move forward with peace and security, and the Palestinian Authority is reformed and has a clear path to a Palestinian state.” During a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Earlier, the Qatari Prime Minister played down the possibility of reaching immediate results from the talks. He added: “We do not know and cannot predict what (Hamas’ response) will be, and we are certain that we will face some challenges and obstacles.”
Al Thani said Hamas must reach “a place where it participates positively and constructively in the process.”
After discussions in France, Al Thani is in Washington this week to hold meetings with senior Biden administration officials. On Monday morning, he met with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
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