Report: US Considers Talks With Hamas To Free Five American Citizens

It's unclear what the US could offer Hamas for the five American hostages

NBC News reported Monday that the Biden administration is considering holding Qatari-mediated talks with Hamas on a potential unilateral deal not involving Israel to secure the release of five American citizens who were captured during the October 7 attack on southern Israel.

Another three American citizens are believed to have been killed on October 7, and their families are seeking their remains. It’s unclear what the US could offer Hamas in exchange for the hostages, something that US officials acknowledged in comments to NBC.

The fact that the US is considering opening negotiations for a separate agreement signals that it doesn’t expect progress with the potential hostage deal that was recently outlined by President Biden.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is currently in Israel discussing the deal, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to insist he won’t agree to a permanent ceasefire, which is a key Hamas demand. US officials believe a deal between the US and Hamas could put more pressure on Netanyahu.

US officials also told NBC that the Israeli operation in the Nuseirat camp that killed over 200 Palestinians, including many women and children, and freed four Israeli hostages made a ceasefire deal less likely. The Biden administration claims it’s pushing for a ceasefire but gave Israel intelligence support for the massacre in Nuseirat and celebrated the operation despite the massive civilian death toll.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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