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Israel will not send delegation to negotiate ceasefire, says CNN analyst

Amid ongoing differences over the implementation of a ceasefire agreement in the Gaza Strip, analyst CNN Barak Ravid reports that the Israeli government has decided not to send a delegation for further negotiations.

Quoting an Israeli official, Ravid posted on X: “The US, Qatar and Egypt are putting strong pressure on Hamas to agree to the proposal presented by the president [Joe] Biden no changes. In its response, Hamas presented demands for dozens of changes to the Israeli proposal.”

“These are substantial conditions that Hamas demands, which change the principles of the Israeli proposal and the outline presented by President Biden and do not allow progress towards an agreement,” he added.

“There is an understanding with the US, Egypt and Qatar that the objective now is to return Hamas to the original draft that Biden presented and, until then, no Israeli delegation will be sent to Cairo or Doha for further negotiations,” concluded Ravid.

A CNN contacted the Israeli Prime Minister’s office for official confirmation that a delegation will not be sent, but an official stated that they had no information to share.

Israeli delegations have already participated in ceasefire negotiations in Cairo, Egypt, and Doha, Qatar.

An Egyptian official highlighted CNN that until 7pm this Thursday (13th), local time, negotiations were at a standstill because of the gaps between the Israeli and Hamas positions. The source spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the press.

On Wednesday (12), US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Hamas had proposed a series of changes “that go beyond the positions they had previously taken” and questioned whether the group was negotiating “in good faith”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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