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US official McGurk said set to visit Israel as part of Mideast quest for hostage deal

Brett McGurk, US White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, speaks during the 17th IISS Manama Dialogue in the Bahraini capital Manama on November 21, 2021. (Mazen Mahdi/AFP)
Brett McGurk, US White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, speaks during the 17th IISS Manama Dialogue in the Bahraini capital Manama on November 21, 2021. (Mazen Mahdi/AFP)

Brett McGurk, the White House coordinator for the Middle East, will reportedly visit Israel on Tuesday as part of a whirlwind tour of countries in the region with the goal of reaching a US-brokered deal securing the release of many of the hostages being held in Gaza by Palestinian terrorists.

The Walla news site, citing two unnamed Israeli and American senior officials, reports that McGurk will first visit Brussels for talks with NATO and European Union officials on the Israel-Hamas war.

He’ll then arrive in the Jewish state, where he’ll meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and senior security and intelligence officials, the report says.

McGurk will then head to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, the report says.

The White House declines to comment on the report, which says one of the options under discussion is a deal that would see 80 women and children freed from captivity in Gaza in return for Israel releasing female and underage terror convicts from prison, as well as a several-day pause in the fighting and possibly some fuel entering Gaza.

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