Israel pessimistic on Gaza truce talks, but delegation remains in Cairo

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Israel sees no sign of a breakthrough in Egyptian-mediated talks on a truce with Hamas that would free some Gaza hostages, but is keeping its delegation of mid-level negotiators in Cairo for now, an Israeli official said on Wednesday.

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William Burns, the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, was in Israel meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a possible suspension of the Israeli operation in Gaza’s Rafah in return for a hostage release, the official added.

The US Embassy in Jerusalem had no comment on Burns’ visit.

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