The Mossad Ends the Talks with Qatar as Ceasefire Deal with Hamas Hits Roadblock


by Ifi Reporter Category:Politics Dec 2, 2023

Mossad Chief Dedi Barnea has ordered his team in Doha to return to Israel after talks with Qatari mediators hit an impasse. The negotiations aimed to renew the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and secure the release of hostages. The breakdown reportedly occurred due to Hamas refusing to fulfill its commitment to release all held civilians who are still alive.

The talks, mediated by Qatar, involved two Israeli ambassadors working in Israel and Qatar. Hamas presented conflicting lists, leading to a deadlock. The latest group of women, scheduled for release, faced complications as Hamas proposed including dead bodies instead of kidnapped animals, further complicating the negotiations.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, under the guidance of Mossad Chief David Barnea, emphasized zero tolerance for moves hindering the return of all women held by Hamas. The statement from the Prime Minister's Office highlighted that Hamas did not fulfill its part of the agreement, including the release of children and women, as per the agreed-upon list.

Despite pessimism about returning to the original deal, Israeli officials expressed a commitment to exhausting the original timeframe. They aim to release abductees before considering a significant military operation in the Gaza Strip. The current focus is on completing the agreed-upon outline and expanding it to include other groups of abductees.

The conflict has resumed in the Gaza Strip following the breakdown of negotiations, with rocket attacks reaching the Shefalah and intermittent exchanges of fire on the Lebanese border. The IDF has located hidden weapons in the northern Gaza Strip, including rockets under UNRA boxes. The army is now attacking Hezbollah infrastructure in Lebanon.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported 193 Palestinians killed and 652 wounded since the ceasefire ended, with a total of 15,207 casualties and 40,652 injuries since the war's beginning. Humanitarian aid trucks are entering Gaza through the Rafah crossing for the first time since the ceasefire.

Iran reported that two Revolutionary Guards members were killed near Damascus in an attack attributed to Israel. Red Cross officials confirmed humanitarian aid entering Gaza, and Israeli forces sealed off the homes of terrorists involved in the recent shooting attack in Jerusalem, preparing for house demolitions.

In a statement to CNN, Ra'am party chairman MK Mansor Abbas emphasized the need for terrorist organizations to disarm as a way to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. He condemned violent actions and called for a national movement under the Palestinian Authority to create a state alongside Israel.

The IDF announced over 400 attacks in the past day in the Gaza Strip, including naval operations targeting Hamas military targets in Khan Yunis and Deir al-Balah in the southern Gaza Strip.



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