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Anthony Blinken

US, UK Urge Hamas to Accept ‘Generous’ 40-Day Truce Deal to Free Some Hostages

US and UK officials are pushing Hamas to accept a “generous” 40-day cease-fire proposal from Israel that would reportedly see 33 hostages in Gaza freed in exchange for “potentially thousands” of Palestinian prisoners.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Palestinian terror group was handed the proposal, which was hammered out with the help of negotiators, ahead of a Hamas delegation’s trip to Cairo. The terrorists’ delegation is expected to respond quickly to the latest proposed deal.

“Hamas has before it a proposal that is extraordinarily, extraordinarily generous on the part of Israel,” Blinken said at a World Economic Forum meeting in Saudi Arabia. “And in this moment, the only thing standing between the people of Gaza and a cease-fire is Hamas.”

Blinken was joined by British Foreign Secretary David Cameron who agreed: “[It’s] a very generous offer of sustained 40 days cease-fire, the release of potentially thousands of Palestinian prisoners, in return for the release of these hostages. I hope Hamas do take this deal, and frankly, all the pressure in the world and all the eyes in the world should be on them today saying, ‘Take that deal.’”

The latest deal seeks the freedom of 33 captives in exchange for a mass release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, three Israeli officials told American media. The proposed deal would prioritize the release of female, sick, and elderly hostages. The proposed 33 freed captives would be fewer than the 40 Israel previously called for. Hamas has claimed that it does not have that many hostages who meet the deal’s criteria. (NYP / VFI News)

“Our Heavenly Father, we pray for the immediate return of all our hostages. We pray that our leaders and negotiators have mental clarity, discernment, and the wisdom to negotiate with the terrorists. We pray in Yeshua’s name that the deal proposed will have the desired results.”

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