Mossad chief in Qatar to negotiate with Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent the head of Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad to Qatar for talks with mediators on a ceasefire in Gaza. Its purpose is to arrange for the quick release of those held hostage by Hamas on October 7 last year.

According to a statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, Netanyahu has spoken with US President Joe Biden. Netanyahu told Biden he wants to renegotiate the ceasefire in Gaza and the release of hostages. For this reason, the Israeli Prime Minister has decided to form a new delegation.

An official close to Netanyahu told the French news agency AFP that the prime minister has put Mossad officials at the head of the delegation this time.

Mossad chief David Barnia will lead an Israeli delegation to Qatar, which has tried for months to bring Hamas to the negotiating table, a source close to the talks said. He will arrive in Doha on Friday (July 5) and meet Qatari Prime Minister Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani.

He will meet the Qatari prime minister for talks aimed at bringing the warring factions in Gaza closer to an agreement, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were sensitive.

Meanwhile, the US President’s office, the White House, said Joe Biden appreciated the decision to send a delegation to have a telephone conversation with Netanyahu.

Israel believes dozens of hostages are still alive in Gaza and the humanitarian toll is mounting in the war-torn Palestinian territory. In such a situation, both sides are facing international pressure to reach an agreement.

Source: AFP