Top Security Officials Arrive for Ceasefire Talks in Qatar

By Yoni Weiss

Ronen Bar, head of the Shin Bet security services, speaks with Mossad chief David Barnea during a ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Yerushalayim, May 5. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Ronen Bar, head of the Shin Bet security agency, and David Barnea, Mossad chief, arrived in Qatar on Wednesday morning to advance ceasefire discussions, according to Kan News.

Leading the Israeli delegation is Barnea, Bar, and IDF hostage point man Nitzan Alon.

Egyptian media confirmed that ceasefire talks would resume on Wednesday, supported by an Egyptian security delegation joining the Israeli team in Doha. The mission aims to bridge the gaps between Hamas and Israel, striving for a swift agreement. An Egyptian source indicated that both sides have reached a consensus on several clauses in the potential ceasefire deal.

On Monday, Reuters reported that senior Hamas officials were awaiting Israel’s response to a ceasefire counterproposal. A senior Palestinian official involved in the talks noted that Israel was in advanced discussions with Qatari intermediaries, promising a response within days.

Additionally, the Associated Press reported Monday that Hamas had given initial approval to a deal proposed by President Joe Biden, relinquishing one of its primary demands for a complete cessation of the war, according to senior Hamas and Egyptian officials.

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