Egypt floats plan to end Hamas-Israel war; Receives a cool in return

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Israel and Hamas on Monday gave cool public receptions to an Egyptian proposal to end their months long war. However, the longstanding enemies stopped short of rejecting the plan altogether, raising the possibility of a new round of diplomacy to halt a devastating Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.

As per a senior Egyptian official and European diplomat, the neighbor country calls for a phased hostage release and the formation of a Palestinian government of experts, who will be administrating the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank.

The Egyptian official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the details were worked out with the Gulf nation of Qatar and presented to Israel, Hamas, the United States and European governments. Egypt and Qatar both mediate between Israel and Hamas, while the U.S. in Israel’s closest ally in the region.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not comment directly on the proposal put forward. However, post speaking with his party members, he was determined to press ahead with the offensive, which were launched in response to Hamas’ attack on October 7.