Netanyahu won’t agree to hostage deal unless Rafah operation allowed to proceed alongside – NBC report

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not agree to a hostage deal with Hamas unless the agreement allows him to proceed with an operation in Rafah, NBC reports, citing four current and one former US official.

Netanyahu wants the operation to be “walled off” from a potential deal, meaning that there will be no limits on Israel’s ability to operate in the southern Gaza city, says the report.

An Israeli official denies that characterization of Israel’s position.

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