Netanyahu to send Israeli delegation for Gaza hostage negotiations

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has informed US President Joe Biden that he is sending a delegation to negotiate a hostage release with Hamas. But there is still no indication where the delegation will go or when it will leave.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday he has agreed to send a delegation for talks on securing the release of hostages seized in the October 7 attacks.

In a statement after telephone talks with US President Joe Biden, Netanyahu's office said: "The prime minister updated President Biden about his decision to send a delegation that would continue negotiations for freeing the hostages."

There was no indication where the delegation would go or when it would leave.

Netanyahu called a meeting of his security cabinet for late Thursday to discuss proposals sent by Hamas through Qatari mediators to end the Gaza conflict, media reports said.

Hamas has demanded an end to fighting and an Israeli withdrawal as a prelude to any hostage deal.

Israel countered that there can be no end to the war without the release of hostages in the Palestinian territory. Netanyahu has also repeatedly vowed that the Gaza campaign will not end until Hamas's military and government capabilities have been destroyed.


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