No hostage negotiations without names of live ones, official says

According to officials in Jerusalem Hamas provided response to mediators on proposed deal but has not complied with Israel's demand to know who among the Israelis held by the terrorists is still living

Einav Halabi , Agencies, Itamar Eichner|
Israeli officials said on Sunday that Hamas responded to the proposal agreed with mediating countries in Paris last week, but still refuses to provide the names of Israeli hostages who are still alive and state how many Palestinian prisoners they demand would be released from Israeli prison, for each hostage freed.
<< Follow Ynetnews on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | TikTok >>
Read more:
"There is no Israeli delegation in Cairo," the officials said in reaction to Arab and American media reports that a delegation was making its way from Israel. "Hamas refuses to provide clear answers and therefore there is no reason to dispatch the Israeli delegation to the talks in Cairo," they said adding that position was agreed to by all relevant professional teams and was not exclusively the position of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
3 View gallery
Benjamin Netanyahu
(Photo: Reuters)
A Hamas official said that the terror group has not backed down from its demand that a hostage release deal would include an end to the war. According to a report in the Qatari newspaper Al-Araby al Jadeed, Hamas rejects Israel's demand for names unless there is an agreement on the full withdrawal of IDF forces from Gaza.
3 View gallery
עצרת משפחות החטופים בכיכר פריז בירושלים
עצרת משפחות החטופים בכיכר פריז בירושלים
Protesters demand an immediate return of the Israeli hostages held by Hamas, in a demonstration in Jerusalem on Saturday
(Photo: Rafi Kotz)
Egyptian officials told the Reuters news agency that assurances had been offered to Hamas that the terms of a permanent ceasefire would be worked out in second and third phases of the deal that would include 40 captives being returned to Israel, among them women, the elderly and infirmed, in exchange for a six-week pause in the war.
A U.S. official said Israel has "more or less," agreed with the it is now up to Hamas to agree to it, a senior U.S. administration official said Saturday, a day before talks to reach an agreement were to resume in Egypt.
Mediators are expected to convene in Cairo on Sunday for talks with Israeli and Hamas delegations although Israel has said that there would be no participation in the talks unless Hamas provides the names of the live hostages ahead of time.
According to a report in Saudi Arabia's Asharq television channel quoting a Hamas official, the terror group is expected to give its response to the proposal agreed last week by mediators and Israel, "within hours," adding that the response will show the group's willingness to compromise.
3 View gallery
תיעוד מפעילות לוחמי חטיבת הצנחנים בחאן יונס
תיעוד מפעילות לוחמי חטיבת הצנחנים בחאן יונס
Israeli forces in Khan Younis
(Photo: IDF)
A senior American official said late on Saturday that it is now up to Hamas to agree. “Right now, the ball is in the court of Hamas and we are continuing to push this as hard as we possibly can,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the White House to brief reporters.
On Sunday, Israeli troops surrounded the Hemed neighborhood of Khan Younis that was built by Qatar, targeting Hamas forces and infrastructure there.
The commenter agrees to the privacy policy of Ynet News and agrees not to submit comments that violate the terms of use, including incitement, libel and expressions that exceed the accepted norms of freedom of speech.