Shas’s Deri: ‘Good chance’ that hostage deal will happen, but too early to know

Shas chair Aryeh Deri arrives at the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on June 14, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Shas chair Aryeh Deri arrives at the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on June 14, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

There’s a “good chance” that a hostage deal will happen, Shas chairman Aryeh Deri tells ultra-Orthodox news channel Kikar HaShabbat.

Discussing the talks that took place in Paris over the weekend regarding a potential hostage release and temporary ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas, Deri says that while there is a “good chance of a deal [happening], we are still far from it.”

“We want to create a good deal that will achieve several goals but also be accepted by the Israeli public,” he says of the difficulties coming up in the negotiations. “It’s not a simple deal, we don’t have feedback from Hamas yet, everything we do is via mediators.”

He adds that while things are moving in a positive direction right now, it’s too early to tell for sure and everything could still change.

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