Understanding Reached on Potential Hostage Deal for Gaza Ceasefire

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Understanding Reached on Potential Hostage Deal for Gaza Ceasefire

Negotiators have come to an "understanding" on the basic contours of a potential deal to release hostages held by the Hamas terror group in exchange for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza, as mentioned by United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Meetings involving an Israeli delegation, CIA director, and Egyptian and Qatari negotiators were held in Paris. The mediators between Hamas and Israel are Qatar and Egypt, who do not communicate with each other directly. The negotiators will continue to work on the specifics of the deal, and more discussions will take place in Doha. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the desire to release the remaining hostages in Gaza and expressed frustration with the "crazy" demands from Hamas. The negotiators will engage in discussions in Doha to address technical issues, and these will involve officials from the parties involved in the Paris talks. Netanyahu has reiterated that the war in Gaza will persist until Hamas' leadership is dismantled and the hostages are rescued.