White House urges Hamas leader Sinwar to answer questions on intentions in Gaza war

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in Gaza, greets his supporters during a meeting with leaders of Palestinian factions at his office in Gaza City, April 13, 2022. (AP Photo/ Adel Hana/ File)
Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in Gaza, greets his supporters during a meeting with leaders of Palestinian factions at his office in Gaza City, April 13, 2022. (AP Photo/ Adel Hana/ File)

The White House urges Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar to answer questions from the public regarding his intentions in the Gaza war.

Asked about Israeli officials’ characterization of Hamas’s response to the latest hostage deal proposal as a “trick,” Kirby says he would have to “get in between the ears of Mr. Sinwar and that’s a place I really don’t want to be.”

Kirby notes that the White House, State Department, Pentagon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF spokesperson have regularly held briefings with reporters to answer their questions, while Sinwar has not done so once. “I think it’s high time that he answers some of these questions and he come clean about what his intentions are.”

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