Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pulled back his country’s negotiators from Qatar, calling off hostage negotiations with Hamas, claiming that they have reached “impasse” with them.
Earlier, negotiations resulted in week-long ceasefire that resulted in release of over 100 Israeli hostages from Gaza, in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners. The fighting resumed in the region on Friday, but Biden administration, Arab allies, and some faction of the Israeli government are pushing for a longer pause to continue hostage release.
“Hamas did not fulfill its part of the agreement, which included the release of all children and women according to a list that was forwarded to Hamas and approved by it,” read the statement by Israeli Prime Minister’s office.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was in Israel on Thursday and Friday, which marks his third trip to the country since the war began.
He accused the Palestinian militant group for the failure of cease-fire deal, but also reiterated Israeli military to better consider the civilians of Gaza. He stated that it is important for Israel to act in accordance with international humanitarian law and laws of war, despite of when confronting a terrorist group that respects neither.