Biden says deal for release of hostages in Gaza ‘now very close’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US President Joe Biden says “we are now very close” to reaching a deal to release some of the roughly 240 hostages being held by Hamas and other terror factions in Gaza.

“We are now very close, very close. We could bring some of these hostages home very soon,” Biden says in remarks to reporters at the White House.

“But I don’t want to get into the details of things because nothing is done until it’s done,” he adds. “Things are looking good at the moment.”

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