(PartiallyPolitics.com) – In a recent development, U.S. and Israeli officials have indicated that a significant breakthrough might be on the horizon regarding the release of numerous hostages currently held by Hamas in Gaza. This optimistic outlook follows the emergence of reports on Saturday night suggesting that a plan for their release is taking shape.
Jonathan Finer, the U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser, shared on ABC’s “This Week” that the potential deal, which is being negotiated with the help of intermediaries in Qatar, could see the release of “more than dozens” of hostages. He emphasized that the discussions are in a delicate phase and cautioned against assuming the deal’s inevitability, citing past near-misses in similar situations. Finer refrained from divulging specific details, noting the sensitive nature of the ongoing negotiations, which are focused on resolving logistical and practical issues.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Finer mentioned that the number of hostages potentially being released could be “considerably more than 12.” He expressed confidence that a majority of the hostages, taken by Hamas in an attack on October 7, are still alive. This attack resulted in the capture of approximately 240 people, including Israelis, Americans, and other foreign nationals, and tragically left over 1,200 people dead.
The U.S. has been actively working for over a month to secure the hostages’ release from Gaza. Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Herzog, also spoke optimistically about the chances of finalizing a deal in the coming days. He stated on ABC’s “This Week” that there are serious efforts underway to secure a significant release of hostages, and that discussions include a temporary pause in fighting to facilitate this.
Herzog, like Finer, chose not to disclose detailed information about the negotiations, underscoring the importance of discretion in ensuring the success of these sensitive talks.
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