Senior Israeli official says country open to ending war against Hamas

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Israel is willing to entertain an effective end to the war in Gaza, a senior Israeli official tells the Hebrew language Walla news outlet.

“We hope that what we offered is enough to bring Hamas into serious negotiations,” the official says. “We hope they will understand that we are serious about a deal — and we are serious. They need to understand that if the first stage is implemented, we will be able to advance to subsequent stages, and reach the end of the war.”

Earlier, Walla reported that Israel is ready to discuss “restoring extended quiet” to the Strip and allowing Gazans to return to their homes.

A senior Israeli official said this evening that Israel had “not agreed to an end to the war” and that reports to the contrary were false.

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