In the coming days, CIA Director Williams Burns will meet in Paris with senior officials from Egypt, Israel and Qatar to try to reach an agreement on the release of detainees in the Gaza Strip, amid leaks indicating the possibility of reaching an agreement between the Islamic Resistance Movement (agitation) and Israel.
A security source from a country participating in the negotiations confirmed information reported by the American newspaper The Washington Post stating that the president joe biden He intends in the near future to send Burns to Europe to try to negotiate the release of detainees in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a two-month truce.
Burns, Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, Mossad chief David Barnea, and Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel are scheduled to meet in the coming days in Europe to discuss efforts to obtain an agreement to release the detainees.
It is expected that Burns' discussions in Europe will depend on his telephone conversations with his counterparts, in addition to the work of the US special envoy to the Middle East, Brett McGurk, who this week held related meetings in Doha and Cairo.
The Washington Post revealed that Burns was being sent to Europe to help reach an “ambitious” agreement that includes the release of Israeli detainees in the Gaza Strip and a ceasefire for the longest period since the start of the war.
According to the newspaper, the talks will address the longest period of cessation of the conflict in Gaza, and the release of all prisoners, while the newspaper did not address the duration of the expected cessation of the conflict.
Yesterday, Friday, the White House expressed its hope that progress would be made in talks to release detainees held by Hamas in Gaza, in light of McGurk's return to Washington after concluding a visit to the region.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that McGurk returned after holding talks regarding prisoners and detainees in the region, and stressed that there is no “imminent” announcement in this regard.
Kirby stated that Biden discussed with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani And the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Sisi Latest developments in Israel and Gaza including ongoing efforts to release detainees in Gaza.
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These moves coincide with leaks indicating the possibility of reaching an agreement between Hamas and Israel.
Al Jazeera's correspondent reported that the two ministers in the Israeli War Council, Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, confirmed that the return of detainees in the Gaza Strip is a top priority, during a meeting with the families of the prisoners.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted an informed source as saying that Hamas and Israel had reached understandings on most of the terms of the prisoner exchange agreement, and the outstanding issue is whether or not there will be a ceasefire at the end of the truce, as it will last for 35 days and will include the release of all Israeli prisoners.
Israeli Channel 12 reported Hamas’ conditions for a new prisoner exchange deal:
• 100 Palestinian prisoners for every Israeli prisoner.
• Complete withdrawal of the Israeli army from the Gaza Strip.
• A calm period of 10-14 days before releasing any Israeli prisoner.
• A two-month cooling-off period between each stage of the deal.
On October 7, Hamas launched an attack on Israeli military points and settlements around the Gaza Strip, during which about 1,200 Israelis were killed, about 5,431 were wounded, and at least 239 were captured, of whom Tel Aviv regained about 105 in an exchange and temporary truce deal with Hamas that lasted 7 days. days, and ended in early December 2023.
Since October 7, 2023, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, leaving more than 26,000 martyrs, most of them women and children, according to the Ministry of Health in the Strip, and causing massive destruction and an unprecedented humanitarian disaster, according to the United Nations.