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Israel spy chief says Hamas Israel truce talks ongoing

According to Mossad, Hamas is deliberately stalling the negotiations so that it can continue its operations during the month of Ramadan.

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Israel spy chief says Hamas Israel truce talks ongoing

CAIRO/RAFAH, Gaza, March 10: The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad chief said that efforts are underway for a ceasefire deal between Hamas and Israel.

Mossad chief David Burnia met with his American counterpart, CIA director William Burns, to bring peace talks between Israel and Hamas to a logical conclusion.

US President Joe Biden had already said that Burns would remain in the region to bridge the gap between the parties and expand negotiations.

The talks were previously undermined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said Hamas’ demands were delusional.

Hamas, the militant group that rules the Palestinian territory of Gaza, has accused Israel of laxity in negotiations ahead of Ramadan.

Hamas sources told Reuters that their delegation is unlikely to go to Cairo for talks on Saturday.

Truce talks background

The United States, Egypt, and Qatar have been trying to secure a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, and the last time there was a week-long pause in the war in November saw Hamas release 100 Israeli hostages while Israel released three times more Palestinian prisoners.

According to Mossad, Hamas is deliberately stalling the negotiations so that it can continue its operations during the month of Ramadan.

Israeli officials say the war will end when Hamas is defeated, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has already called Hamas’s demands “delusional.”

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