ABC News: Netanyahu was ‘surprised’ by Biden saying truce deal was close

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, February 17, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, February 17, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “surprised” by US President Joe Biden’s assertion that an Israel-Hamas hostage and truce deal was close, ABC News reports, citing a senior Israeli political source.

Biden said he hoped for a ceasefire in Gaza “by next Monday.” In response Israel, Hamas and Qatari mediators have all expressed caution about progress toward a deal.

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