Israeli official rejects Haniyeh claim that Hamas showing flexibility in hostage talks

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Families of the Israelis kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in Gaza march towards Jerusalem from the site of the Re'im music festival massacre, in southern Israel, February 28, 2024. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90).
Families of the Israelis kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in Gaza march towards Jerusalem from the site of the Re'im music festival massacre, in southern Israel, February 28, 2024. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90).

After Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh claims the terror organization is showing flexibility in talks around a hostage release deal, an Israeli official tells The Times of Israel that “we don’t know of any Hamas flexibility.”

At the same time, the official pointed out, the mid-level team Israel sent to Doha is still there, an indication that there has been no crisis in the indirect talks.

The official said that the negotiators would stay there as long as there was a reason, countering reports in Hebrew media that they would be returning tomorrow.

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