Israeli Delegation Heads to Cairo for Hostage Talks

By Yoni Weiss

People visit a Shabbos table set at Hostage Square in Tel Aviv, March 19. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

On Sunday, an Israeli delegation headed to Cairo to resume discussions regarding a ceasefire and potential hostage negotiations. The delegation consisted of representatives from the IDF, as well as personnel from the Shin Bet and Mossad agencies.

Reports suggest that there isn’t a new proposal on the table, with negotiators expected to revisit previous frameworks that Hamas had previously rejected. Among the key sticking points are the conditions for allowing Gazans to return to Gaza City, which has been largely evacuated and abandoned. While Hamas insists on this condition, the IDF fears it could lead to a resurgence of Hamas activity in the city.

Additionally, Hamas is demanding that the IDF withdraw from the coastal enclave altogether. However, it’s understood that Israel is unlikely to agree to such a demand, given the security implications involved.

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