Hamas says it ‘postively views’ Gaza ceasefire proposal presented by Biden

Hamas releases a statement saying that the terror group “positively views” a proposal presented by US President Joe Biden for a hostage release deal and permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

Hamas “positively views what was included in the speech of US President Joe Biden today,” it says, specifying “his call to a permanent ceasefire, the Israeli forces’ withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the reconstruction of Gaza, and the exchange of prisoners.”

“The movement affirms its position of readiness to deal positively and constructively with any proposal based on a permanent ceasefire, complete withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, reconstruction, the return of the displaced to all their places of residence, and the completion of a serious prisoner exchange deal if the occupation declares its explicit commitment to that,” the Hamas statement says.

The terror group adds that it sees the development in negotiations and the US commitment to ending the war in Gaza, sparked by its October 7 massacre, “to be the result of the legendary steadfastness of our struggling people and their brave resistance.”

In an address earlier this evening, Biden said that Israel had offered “a comprehensive new proposal” which is “a roadmap to an enduring ceasefire and the release of all hostages.”

In a statement released directly after the US president’s speech without referencing it, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “The Israeli government is united in the desire to return our hostages as soon as possible and is working to achieve this goal.”

“The prime minister authorized the [Israeli] negotiating team to present an outline for achieving this goal, while insisting that the war will not end until all of its goals are achieved, including the return of all our hostages and the elimination of Hamas’ military and governmental capabilities.”

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