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Preparations for negotiations between Israel and Hamas

Preparations for negotiations between Israel and Hamas

According to Israeli media, a delegation from Israel is going to negotiate with representatives of Hamas. At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he has not changed his decision to launch a ground attack on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Israel’s war and political-security cabinets are scheduled to meet each other on Monday night to discuss the visit of this delegation to Qatar

The delegation is scheduled to leave Israel for Qatar on Tuesday. But it is not yet clear whether these talks will reach a conclusion or not, because Israel and Hamas are still at odds over the content of the agreement.

Israel has demanded that Hamas unconditionally release the remaining hostages captured during the October 7 surprise attacks on Israel. Hamas instead wants a ceasefire and asks Israel to withdraw its forces from Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu admitted during a cabinet meeting on Monday that international pressure on Israel is mounting. But he added that Israel cannot and will not give in to pressure. He announced that military ground operations will begin in Rafah, as this is a necessary measure to ensure Israel’s security.