After Doha meetings, Israeli negotiators to head to Cairo for further hostage talks

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Ronen Bar (left), head of the Shin Bet security services, speaks with Mossad chief David Barnea during the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem, May 5, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Ronen Bar (left), head of the Shin Bet security services, speaks with Mossad chief David Barnea during the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem, May 5, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Israeli negotiators will depart for Cairo this evening for further mediated deliberations on a hostage-for-ceasefire deal with Hamas, says the Prime Minister’s Office. The delegation will be headed by Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar and will include IDF representatives.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office also says the premier met with his negotiating team this team this morning after its return from Qatar last night.

In Doha, the team headed by Mossad director David Barnea discussed with the heads of the American, Qatari, and Egyptian teams “the parts of the deal dealing with the return of the hostages and the ways to implement the proposal.”

Netanyahu’s office stresses that conversations only examined ways to bring the hostages home while “ensuring that all the war aims” are achieved.

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