tel aviv (Uttam Hindu News): David Barnia, head of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, will reach Cairo this week regarding the release of hostages captured by Hamas. America, Qatar and Egypt are also involved in this conversation.
Barnia will meet senior leaders of Qatar and Egypt in Cairo to discuss a proposed ceasefire, which would also allow the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.
There was skepticism over the peace talks and reports that Egypt would withdraw from the talks after Israeli troops entered the Rafah border, but Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has denied such speculation.
US President Joe Biden has said that a proposal for a six-week ceasefire and the release of hostages has been made and is being discussed.
Intelligence reports are that there have been differences of opinion among the top leaders of Hamas regarding the ceasefire. Leaders such as Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashael want a temporary ceasefire, while others, including Yahya Simwar and Mohammed Deif, the alleged masterminds of the October 7 massacre in Gaza, want a permanent ceasefire.
On the other hand, Israel has also agreed to release the Palestinian prisoners in its jails.