Israeli delegation to depart for Qatar hostage talks Monday; will reportedly play minimal role

Although Hamas has yet to respond to the outline of a potential hostage deal drawn up during talks in Paris over the weekend, an Israeli delegation is set to depart for additional negotiations in Qatar on Monday.

According to unconfirmed Hebrew media reports, the Israeli team will play a minimal role in the Doha meeting, and will mainly be limited to discussing technical aspects of a potential temporary ceasefire, such as humanitarian aid quantities.

The talks are also expected to focus on establishing which Israeli hostages and Palestinian security prisoners would be eligible for release should a deal be agreed upon.

Speaking to Ynet, an unnamed Israeli official says that it is “impossible to know” what Hamas thinks of the latest outline for a hostage deal, and that it will take some time until the deal is ready, but that “the direction is positive.”

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