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The Times of Israel

 Lazar Berman
Today, 7:52 pm

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh tells Qatar’s Prime Minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel that the terror group accepts their terms for a ceasefire with Israel, according to an official announcement from Hamas.

The announcement does not specify what those terms are.

A senior Hamas official tells Al Jazeera the same.

Israel has repeatedly said it will not accept a deal, as repeatedly demanded by Hamas, that conditions the release of hostages on the end of the war. On Saturday, furthermore, an official source, widely believed to be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that Israel had not empowered the mediators to issue guarantees of an end to the war, either.
US, Egyptian, and Qatari mediators have been negotiating with Hamas in recent days over a three-phase proposal, green-lit by Israel. The proposal has not been published, but reportedly provides, in the first phase, for 33 living hostages — women, children, the elderly and the sick — to be freed during a 40-day truce, in return for hundreds of Palestinian security prisoners.
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Hamas says it has agreed to ceasefire proposal from Egypt and Qatar
Abeer Salman and Christian Edwards, CNN
Updated 1:23 PM EDT, Mon May 6, 2024

Hamas says it has accepted the ceasefire deal proposed by Egypt and Qatar which seeks to halt the seven-month war with Israel in Gaza.

In a statement Monday, Hamas said the head of its political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, told the Qatari prime minister and Egyptian intelligence minister that the militant group had accepted their proposal.

CNN has asked the Israeli Prime Minister’s office for comment.

It’s unclear whether Hamas has agreed to the most recent ceasefire proposal, as outlined last week, or a revised version of it.

The most recent framework, which Israel helped craft but has not fully agreed to, calls *for the release of between 20 and 33 hostages over several weeks in exchange for a temporary ceasefire and the release of Palestinian prisoners.

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Hamas claims to accept ceasefire, hostage deal; Israel: This isn’t what we agreed toGazans celebrate in streets; families of hostages plead for deal; US studying response; war cabinet says negotiators will meet mediators, but orders IDF to push ahead with Rafah op[/i]

Lazar Berman, Jacob Magid and Agencies 6 May 2024

Hamas on Monday evening claimed to accept what it said was an Egyptian and Qatari ceasefire and hostage release proposal, but Israeli officials said the Hamas terms did not meet Israel’s essential requirements.

“After Hamas agreed to the mediators’ proposal for a ceasefire, the ball is now in the court of Israeli occupation, whether it will agree to the ceasefire agreement or obstruct it,” a senior Hamas official told AFP, soon after the office of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh had announced its acceptance.

But after receiving the Hamas response, Israeli officials said the terms Hamas claimed to have accepted did not match those that Israel had approved.

Later Monday, the Prime Minister’s Office said the war cabinet had decided unanimously to push ahead with an IDF operation in Rafah “in order to apply military pressure on Hamas, with the goal of making progress on freeing the hostages and the other war aims.”

The statement said Hamas’s latest offer was “far from [meeting] Israel’s essential requirements.” At the same time, the statement said, Israel would send working-level teams to hold talks with the mediators in order “to exhaust the possibility of achieving an agreement on terms that are acceptable to Israel.”

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IDF Launches Strikes Against Hamas Inside Rafah
Ryan Saavedra
May 6, 2024

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted precision strikes against the Hamas terrorist organization inside the Gazan city of Rafah on Monday night.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Office said that the War Cabinet backed the operation in Rafah.

“The War Cabinet unanimously decided that Israel continues the operation in Rafah to exert military pressure on Hamas in order to promote the release of our hostages and the other goals of the war,” the statement read.

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May 6, 2024

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has begun conducting what it describes as "targeted strikes" against Hamas operatives in eastern Rafah.

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May 6, 2024 #CNN #News

CNN's Jeremy Diamond breaks down the latest updates on Israel's "targeted strikes" in eastern Rafah. CNN's Erin Burnett discusses with Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks (Ret.).

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US said delaying delivery of precision bombs to Israel

May 7 2024

The Biden administration has delayed the sales of thousands of precision weapons to Israel in recent months, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The move, which includes holding up MK-82 bombs, fuses and JDAM guidance kits to make the munitions more precise, comes amid US pressure on Israel to hold off on a full-scale invasion of the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

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Israeli officials: US knew about changes to ceasefire deal - but didn't brief Israel
'The feeling is that Israel got played' by the US and mediators during the latest round of negotiations, Israeli officials tell journalist Barak Ravid.
Israel National News
May 7, 2024

Israeli officials have claimed that the Biden administration knew about the changes made to the ceasefire-prisoner swap deal offered by Egypt and Qatar to Hamas, but failed to inform Israel of the changes before Hamas announced that it had "accepted" a ceasefire, journalist Barak Ravid wrote on Axios.

Ravid quoted a senior US official as denying the reports, claiming, "American diplomats have been engaged with Israeli counterparts. There have been no surprises." He also described the process as "extremely difficult."

According to the official, the US believes that Israel has been negotiating in good faith, and that the April offer was "the most forward leaning proposal to date. To secure a ceasefire, Hamas simply needs to release hostages. It's all mapped out."

The Biden administration also sees Hamas' "agreement" to the ceasefire as a counteroffer, not a new proposal, he added.

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US said delaying delivery of precision bombs to Israel

May 7 2024

The Biden administration has delayed the sales of thousands of precision weapons to Israel in recent months, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The move, which includes holding up MK-82 bombs, fuses and JDAM guidance kits to make the munitions more precise, comes amid US pressure on Israel to hold off on a full-scale invasion of the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

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US said delaying delivery of precision bombs to Israel

May 7 2024

The Biden administration has delayed the sales of thousands of precision weapons to Israel in recent months, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The move, which includes holding up MK-82 bombs, fuses and JDAM guidance kits to make the munitions more precise, comes amid US pressure on Israel to hold off on a full-scale invasion of the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

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IDF spokesman plays down US arms shipment holdup, says disagreements resolved privately
Daniel Hagari touts scale of support from Washington and cooperation with US military so far in Gaza war, warns controversial Rafah op won’t end terror attacks
Agencies and ToI Staff

May 8 2024

The Israel Defense Forces appeared Wednesday to minimize the seemingly unprecedented holdup of an arms shipment by a US administration concerned by the prospect of a major Israeli operation in the southern Gazan city of Rafah, saying the allies resolve any disagreements “behind closed doors.”

Asked about the issue at a Tel Aviv conference hosted by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, chief military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari described coordination between Israel and the United States as reaching “a scope without precedent, I think, in Israel’s history.”

Pressed about the stalled delivery of heavy bombs, Hagari said, “We are responsible for the security interests of Israel and we pay attention to the US interests in the arena.”

He lauded the scale of cooperation between IDF headquarters and the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) during the war, saying “there is something more important than security assistance and that is operational support.”

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