Hamas Negotiations – Another Empty Promise?

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In yet another attempt to deceive the world, Hamas claims it has approved a US-backed ceasefire plan in Gaza. This comes after they committed heinous acts of terror against innocent Israelis just last October. Their actions speak louder than words – can we truly trust these militants?

According to reports via the AP, Hamas dropped one major requirement; namely, demanding Israel agree upfront to completely halt military operations. Instead, both parties seem willing to consider a “phased” approach. An unnamed Hamas source revealed details about each step involved in this supposed truce agreement.

Phase I involves a full-scale, unconditional ceasefire lasting approximately six weeks. In turn, Israel will supposedly free some Palestinians currently held prisoner while releasing women, elderly individuals, and ill captives back into Gazan society. Additionally, Israel must pull troops away from heavily populated regions within Gaza, allowing residents to be forced evicted due to conflict zones access back home again. According to sources close to the matter, females serving time amongst other captured IDF personnel might find freedom too under Phase I terms.

Next follows Phase II where discussions continue involving Israel, Hamas representatives along with international mediators. Rumors suggest men taken captive may finally regain liberty alongside additional releases of imprisoned Hamas operatives – a move bound to spark controversy.

Finally, should progress unfold smoothly enough through Phases I & II then enter Phase III. Herein lies hope for repatriation of outstanding captives plus deceased remains accompanied by long-term rebuilding initiatives across devastated territories.

As news broke at the time of writing this, neither PM Netanyahu nor President Biden offered public statements regarding potential breakthroughs although whispers hinted towards lingering disagreements. As quoted directly from Netenyahu’s administration, ‘Gaps between the parties [still] remain.’