Mossad Reports Hamas Rejection of Ceasefire and Hostage Release Deal

By Yoni Weiss

A protester holds a placard as relatives of hostages held in Gaza and their supporters block traffic outside of the U.S. Embassy Branch Office calling for the immediate release of all captives in Tel Aviv, Friday. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) along with Mossad announced on Sunday that Hamas has declined a ceasefire and hostage release proposal put forward by mediators from Qatar, Egypt, and the United States.

“The proposal offered at last week’s Cairo meeting, which initially seemed hopeful, has been outright rejected by Hamas,” stated the Mossad. The rejection came after Israel demonstrated significant flexibility in its approach, aiming for a humanitarian resolution and the safe return of hostages.

According to Mossad, Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas, is “exploiting the ongoing tensions with Iran and is aiming for a broader escalation in the region.”

This follows an overnight attack by Iran on Israel.

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