Sky News: Qatar told Hamas that Israel would agree to free 3,000-5,000 prisoners

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Citing anonymous sources, Sky News Arabia reports that Qatar told Hamas Israel would agree to the release of 3,000-5,000 Palestinian prisoners, whom Hamas could choose, under a hostage release deal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been adamant that Israel would not release thousands of terrorists in a deal.

Sky News also says Qatar is trying to soften Hamas’s demands for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces, hoping to replace it with a pledge to push Israel to withdraw its forces.

According to the report, Qatar also offered the return of displaced Gazans to their homes, the construction of new, better, refugee camps, and renewed water and sewage services.

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