Following discussions, Hamas and Islamic Jihad conveyed their decision to Qatar, paving the way for further talks between Qatar and the United States. The proposed agreement includes the release of a certain percentage of hostages.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, previously resistant to agreements with Hamas, has shown a shift in stance amid protests, heavy losses, and international pressure. The crisis prompted both Israel and the United States to reconsider their positions.
Approximately 220 hostages are reportedly held by Hamas, with an additional 40 hostages under the control of Islamic Jihad. The proposed deal involves the release of 200 hostages, including women and children, in exchange for a five-day ceasefire and an aid delivery mechanism for Gaza.
Despite the potential ceasefire, Israel continues its offensive in Gaza, while resistance persists. Missile and shell attacks from Lebanon into Israel have escalated tensions, prompting a mobilization of hundreds of thousands of soldiers by Israel.
As negotiations progress, the White House expresses optimism that the agreement will soon become a reality, offering a glimpse of hope amid the challenging circumstances in the region.