published : 2023-11-19

US 'Closer' Than Ever to Hostage Deal Amid Israel-Hamas Standoff

Qatari prime minister cites 'very minor' hurdles

A photo of a tense negotiation table with diplomats from the United States, Israel, and Hamas, taken with a Nikon D850.

The United States is inching closer to brokering a deal with Israel and Hamas to secure the release of hostages in Gaza, according to deputy national security adviser Jon Finer.

During an appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' Finer expressed optimism about the progress made in negotiations, stating, 'I believe we are closer than we have been in quite some time, maybe closer than we have been since the beginning of this process, to getting this deal done.'

He also emphasized that the Biden administration has been closely monitoring the situation minute by minute and hour by hour for several weeks.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani echoed these sentiments, stating that negotiations for hostage releases have improved and that only minor logistical obstacles remained.

A close-up shot of families of Israeli hostages marching towards Jerusalem, demanding action from the government, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Families of Israeli hostages have been demanding action from the government and marching towards Jerusalem to draw attention to their cause.

While details of the ongoing negotiations were not disclosed, Finer acknowledged the delicacy of the situation, stating that sensitive negotiations like this could fall apart at the last minute.

According to a report from The Washington Post, Hamas seemed close to agreeing to release at least 50 hostages in exchange for a five-day pause in fighting, but the White House emphasized that no deal had been finalized.

Currently, around 240 hostages are believed to be held in Gaza, and the potential deal may involve the release of considerably more than 12 hostages.

An aerial view of Gaza City, showing the impact of the ongoing conflict, taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III.

The goal is to bring these individuals back home, as they are being held under unconscionable conditions.

Despite the progress made, the completion of the deal remains uncertain, and the United States remains cautious about revealing too many details to prevent jeopardizing the negotiation process.

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