Biden says Israel and Hamas ARE close to a deal to pause fighting to release hostages captured during the October 7 terrorist attack
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
President Joe on Monday said he believes a deal to secure the release of hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza is near.
After holding a ceremony to pardon two Thanksgiving turkeys, he was asked whether Israel and Hamas were close to a deal.
Hamas captured more than 200 hostages in its devastating Oct. 7 attack on Israel.
On Sunday Michael Herzog, the country’s ambassador to Washington, said that he was ‘hopeful’ a deal would be reached within days.
‘We’re talking about a pause in the fighting for a few days,’ he told ABC’s ‘This Week.’
U.S. and Qatari officials are pushing for a five-day pause in fighting to allow at least 50 women and children to be released. More releases would then follow.
Hamas terrorists killed at least 1,200 during their attack, the bloodiest day in Israel’s 75-year history.
Since then Israel has kept up an intense bombardment of Gaza. The Hamas-controlled health ministry says at least 13,000 Palestinians have been killed, including at least 5,500 children.