PM says no progress possible in Cairo talks unless Hamas changes ‘delusional’ demands

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Protesters call for the release of Israelis held kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, at Hostages Square in Tel Aviv, February 10, 2024. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90)
Protesters call for the release of Israelis held kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, at Hostages Square in Tel Aviv, February 10, 2024. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says in a statement that no advancements can be made in talks in Cairo until Hamas changes its “delusional” position.

“In Cairo, Israel was not given any new proposal by Hamas for the release of our hostages,” says a statement from the PMO, adding that the prime minister “insists that Israel will not submit to the delusional demands of Hamas.”

“A change in Hamas’s positions will allow progress in the negotiations,” the statement says.

Reports today in Hebrew media indicated that Netanyahu refused to send a delegation to Cairo tomorrow, arguing that there is no point in doing so until Hamas climbs down from its demands regarding the release of large numbers of Palestinian prisoners.

The Hostages Families Forum reacting scathingly to the news, saying it was a death sentence for the remaining hostages.

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