Netanyahu Reaffirms Commitment to Deal in Meeting With US Envoy

By Yoni Weiss

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with White House special envoy for the Middle East Brett McGurk in Yerushalayim, Wednesday. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with President Joe Biden’s special envoy for the Middle East, Brett McGurk, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Yerushalayim on Wednesday. They discussed various regional issues and the ongoing negotiations with the Hamas.

Netanyahu emphasized his commitment to a deal, provided that Israel’s red lines are preserved. He reiterated his stance to McGurk, stating, “I am committed to a deal, as long as Israel’s red lines are maintained.”

On Sunday, Netanyahu outlined four “nonnegotiables” for any potential deal with Hamas: preventing weapons smuggling into Gaza from Egypt, allowing Israel to continue fighting until all war goals are achieved, prohibiting the return of thousands of armed terrorists to northern Gaza, and maximizing the number of living hostages Hamas turns over.

Meanwhile, Israel’s intelligence chiefs are in Doha for a four-way summit with US, Egyptian, and Qatari officials to lead negotiation efforts.

McGurk was joined in the meeting by US Ambassador to Israel Jack Lew, while Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer accompanied Netanyahu.

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