Netanyahu says it is not clear if a hostage deal will emerge

Netanyahu said he would be meeting his military staff to review a dual plan for the Rafah operation.

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Netanyahu says it is not clear if a hostage deal will emerge

WASHINGTON, Feb 25: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said it is unclear if a hostage deal will emerge from the recent talks.

In an interview with CBS News, Netanyahu said he would be meeting his military staff to review a dual plan that includes a military operation in Rafah and evacuation of civilians.

“If we have a deal, it will be delayed somewhat, but it will happen. If we don’t have a deal, we’ll do it (operation) anyway,” he told CBS News.

Parties agree on “basic contours”

On the other hand, the US national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, told CNN that the US, Egypt, Qatar, and Israel have come to an understanding of the “basic contours” of a hostage deal for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza.

Sullivan said that the deal is still being negotiated and that further indirect discussions will be held by Qatar and Egypt with Hamas.

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