Israel has accepted Gaza plan, says aide

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The Age & Sydney Morning Herald / Reuters, AP | Dan Williams | 4 June 2024

I bet Netanyahu delays and delays until the ‘deal’ is dead and then he can claim he was ‘just about’ to accept it – Mark

JERUSALEM: An aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Sunday that Israel had accepted a framework deal for winding down the Gaza war now being advanced by US President Joe Biden, though he described it as flawed and in need of much more work.
In an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times, Ophir Falk, chief foreign policy adviser to Netanyahu, said Biden’s proposal was ‘‘a deal we agreed to – it’s not a good deal but we dearly want the hostages released, all of them’’.
‘‘There are a lot of details to be worked out,’’ he said, adding that Israeli conditions, including ‘‘the release of the hostages and the destruction of Hamas as a genocidal terrorist organisation’’, have not changed.
Biden, whose initial lockstep support for Israel’s offensive has given way to open censure of the operation’s high civilian death toll, on Friday aired what he described as a three-phase plan submitted by the Netanyahu government to end the war.
The first phase entails a truce and the return of some hostages held by Hamas, after which the sides would negotiate on an open-ended cessation of hostilities for a second phase in which remaining live captives would go free, Biden said.
That sequencing appears to imply that Hamas would continue to play a role in incremental arrangements mediated by Egypt and Qatar – a potential clash with Israel’s determination to resume the campaign to eliminate the Iranian-backed Islamist group.
Biden has hailed several ceasefire proposals over the past several months, each with similar frameworks to the one he outlined on Friday, all of which collapsed. In February he said Israel had agreed to halt fighting by Ramadan, the Muslim holy month that began on March 10. No such truce materialised.

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Israel has accepted Gaza plan, says aide – The Age, 6/4/2024 (smedia.com.au)

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