Hamas official denies proposing new ideas for Gaza ceasefire deal

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
3 min read

Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan denied on Wednesday that the Palestinian militant group had put forward new ideas for the US-backed proposal for a Gaza ceasefire, after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it had suggested numerous changes.

Hamdan, speaking to pan-Arab Al-Araby TV, also said Blinken was “part of the problem, not the solution” in the Gaza war.

For the latest updates on the Israel-Palestine conflict, visit our dedicated page.

Earlier, Blinken said that Hamas had suggested many changes, some unworkable, to the proposal though he also said mediators remained determined to close the gaps.

“In everything that we presented, we affirmed our commitment to what was presented on May 5 to the mediators and we did not talk about any new ideas or proposals,” Hamdan said.

He reiterated Hamas’ stance that it was Israel that was rejecting proposals and accused the US administration of going along with its close ally to “evade any commitment” to a blueprint for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Hamdan also demanded guarantees from mediators to ensure that Israel does not “evade its responsibilities.”

Meanwhile, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Wednesday changes proposed by Hamas to the ceasefire proposal are minor and the United States will work with Egypt and Qatar to bridge gaps in the proposal.

“Many of the proposed changes are minor and not unanticipated. Others differ more substantially from what was outlined in the UN Security Council resolution,” Sullivan said.

For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

Hamas said on Wednesday it has shown “full positivity” in efforts to reach a ceasefire agreement with Israel in the Gaza Strip conflict.

In a statement, the Palestinian group said it urged the US, Israel’s biggest ally, to pressure Israel to accept a deal leading to a permanent ceasefire in the enclave.

Hamas said that while US officials have said Israel has accepted a ceasefire proposal outlined by President Joe Biden on May 31, “we have not heard any Israeli official confirm this acceptance.”

On Tuesday, Egyptian and Qatari mediators said they had received a response from Hamas and other Palestinian groups to the US proposal, though the statement did not clarify what the response entailed.

On May 31, US President Joe Biden laid out what he called a “three-phase” Israeli proposal that would include negotiations for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza as well as phased exchanges of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.

Read more:

Gaza deal would have ‘tremendous’ effect lowering Israel-Lebanon tensions: Blinken

UN says Israel and Hamas committed war crimes; Gaza truce plan in balance

Jordan, Egypt say Israel must abide by UN Security Council resolution on Gaza

Top Content Trending