Security cabinet to meet Thursday amid efforts for temporary ceasefire, hostage deal

The security cabinet is set to meet tomorrow evening amid efforts to secure a deal that would see a temporary ceasefire and the release of hostages held in Gaza.

The US-drafted proposal reportedly provides for a six-week pause in fighting during which some 40 hostages would be freed in exchange for some 400 Palestinian security prisoners.

While some reports yesterday suggested “cautious optimism” over the chance for a deal, Army Radio said earlier today that Hamas had given a largely negative response to the proposal.

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