Additional talks on hostage deal to commence this week if war cabinet gives green light

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The next round of talks on a hostage deal will take place this week if the war cabinet gives the green light, an Israeli official tells The Times of Israel.

The official notes that after the delegation returned from Paris, there was optimism in Israeli media about the likelihood of a deal, but the delegation itself was more cautious.

The reduced war cabinet — just the ministers, without aides — will hear updates from the delegation by phone at 9 p.m., and the expanded war cabinet will convene tomorrow evening.

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