As reports swirl, Gantz urges fellow decision-makers to ‘not become hysterical for political reasons’

War cabinet minister Benny Gantz holds a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem, April 3, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
War cabinet minister Benny Gantz holds a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem, April 3, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Noting Hamas has yet to formally respond to the latest proposal, war cabinet minister Benny Gantz slams comments by unnamed officials regarding reports on the hostage-for-truce negotiations being held in Cairo.

“I advise the ‘diplomatic sources’ and all other decision-makers to wait for official updates, act with restraint and not become hysterical for political reasons,” he says in a statement.

Gantz adds that when Hamas does submit a response, the war cabinet will convene to deliberate it.

The statement comes after an Israeli official close to the talks denied Israel agreed to end the war as part of an agreement, while repeating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge that an operation in Rafah will go ahead with or without a deal.

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