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International Community to Hamas: Agree to Gaza Hostage Deal, Ceasefire Proposal

Some 17 countries, including the US, issued a joint statement on Thursday, June 6, backing the latest proposal for the release of the remaining hostages held by Hamas in Gaza. “There is no time to lose,” said the statement issued by countries whose citizens are among the captives.

“We call on Hamas to close this agreement, that Israel is ready to move forward with and begin the process of releasing our citizens. We note that this agreement would lead to an immediate ceasefire and rehabilitation of Gaza together with security assurances for Israelis and Palestinians, and opportunities for a more enduring long-term peace and a two-state solution,” the statement said.

Its issuance is part of a massive global diplomatic initiative US President Joe Biden set in motion on May 31 when he unveiled a three-phase proposal which he and his administration officials have said has Israel’s approval.

The deal allows for the release of humanitarian hostages in its first six weeks in exchange for a lull to the war. It also outlines a negotiating process that could bring about an end to the war and the release of all the hostages, as well as set the stage for day-after plans and the reconstruction of Gaza.

Meanwhile, Arabic media reported on Thursday morning that Hamas has rejected the Israeli proposal. Sources in the Hamas terror group have claimed that the decision was made due to an understanding that the Israeli proposal is inherently different than the one presented by US President Joe Biden.

A memorandum sent to the various terror groups on Wednesday and shown to the Arabic news outlet claimed that the agreement “does not promise a permanent ceasefire, the occupation’s forces will remain in Gaza, and when they receive the hostages, they will renew the destruction against our nation.” (JPost / VFI News)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” - Matthew 5:9