Israeli official: Hamas has rejected Gaza proposal

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Hamas has rejected a Gaza ceasefire proposal outlined by US President Joe Biden, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, after receiving the Palestinian militant group’s response through mediators.

“This evening, Israel received, via the mediator, the Hamas response. In its response, Hamas has rejected the proposal for a hostage release that was presented by President Biden,” the Israeli official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“They (Hamas) have changed all of the main and most meaningful parameters,” the official said.

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Hamas formally responded on Tuesday to a US ceasefire proposal for the eight-month-old war in the Gaza Strip, and Israel said the response was tantamount to a rejection while a Hamas official said the Palestinian group merely reiterated longstanding demands not met by the current plan.

Egypt and Qatar said they had received Hamas’ response to a proposal outlined by US President Joe Biden on May 31 but did not disclose the contents.

The United States has said Israel accepted its proposal, but Israel has not publicly said this. Israel, which has continued assaults in central and southern Gaza, among the bloodiest of the war, has repeatedly said it would not commit to an end of its campaign in Gaza before Hamas is eliminated.

Earlier a non-Israeli official briefed on the matter, who declined to be identified, said Hamas proposed a new timeline for a permanent ceasefire with Israel and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, including Rafah.

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