Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed hope for a deal to secure to release of more hostages held by the Hamas, who have been held for more than a month after the brutal October attack.
Netanyahu in an interview with U.S. broadcaster NBC said there could be an agreement, adding that if a deal is reached, it will be the result of military pressure.
The Prime Minister argued it was also only the Israeli military’s ground offensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip that had created any movement in negotiations.
NBC and other U.S. media outlets reported, citing government sources, that there were discussions that Hamas could release around 80 women and children in return for Palestinian women and teenagers detained in Israel.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, told ABC that negotiations were under way, with Qatar involved and the U.S. government actively engaged.