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US Says Israel Accepts Proposed Gaza Cease-Fire and Hostage Release Plan, Awaits Hamas Approval

Israel has given its endorsement to a proposed framework for a Gaza cease-fire and the release of vulnerable hostages, putting the onus on Hamas to accept the deal, according to a senior U.S. administration official on Saturday.

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Israel has signaled its acceptance of a proposed Gaza cease-fire and hostage release plan.
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Israel has essentially endorsed a framework of a proposed Gaza cease-fire and hostage release deal, and it is now up to Hamas to agree to it, a senior U.S. administration official said Saturday.

The Israelis “have more or less accepted” the proposal, which includes the six-week cease-fire in Gaza as well as the release by Hamas of hostages considered to be vulnerable, which includes the sick, the wounded, the elderly and women, said the official.

“The Israelis have basically signed on to the elements of the arrangement,” the official said. “Right now, the ball is in the court of Hamas and we are continuing to push this as hard as we possibly can.”

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The official briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing cease-fire talks.

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