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The Israeli press has detailed an offer made by Benjamin Netanyahu's government to mediators regarding a temporary truce in Gaza and a prisoner exchange deal, while Hamas refused to enter into negotiations before a ceasefire.

Israel's Channel 13 reported that Netanyahu's government had made an offer for a deal that included the release of 30 to 40 Israeli detainees held by Hamas, in exchange for the release of senior prisoners and a partial withdrawal from some areas, with a two-week to a month of truce.

The officials noted that if the deal goes through during the transition to the next phase, Israel could change some military arrangements inside Gaza.

Those officials said Israel had no problem linking Hamas to the deal as an achievement.

For its part, the White House said talks on a new truce in Gaza were very serious, and stressed that Washington was pushing for the release of Israeli detainees.

Israel's Jerusalem Post newspaper said Israel had told Qatar it was ready for a truce for at least a week in exchange for the release of 40 Hamas detainees.

The newspaper quoted senior Israeli officials and a foreign source as saying Israel had sent a proposal via Qatar to Hamas to reach a new agreement for the release of the hostages.


On the other hand, Al Jazeera has learned from sources close to the prisoner exchange negotiations between Israel and Hamas that the latter has told the mediators that it is not ready to discuss any humanitarian or comprehensive deal without a ceasefire.

The sources also confirmed that the current visit of Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh to Cairo does not fall within the framework of prisoner negotiations, but rather within the framework of seeking to lift the siege on Gaza and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid, especially since Ghazi Hamad, who is responsible for the crossings in the Gaza Strip, is part of the delegation.

The Israel Broadcasting Corporation reported that Hamas had refused to discuss the Israeli offer before a full ceasefire in Gaza.

Meetings in Warsaw

This comes after CIA Director William Burns traveled to the Polish capital Warsaw on Monday to meet with Mossad Director David Barnea and Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, according to US and Egyptian officials.

A U.S. official said the meetings were an attempt to restart discussions about the prisoners.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog confirmed yesterday that the head of the Mossad was sent twice to Europe to reactivate the humanitarian truce to free prisoners.

Israel's Channel 12 also reported that important, serious and in-depth talks are taking place on the details of the hostage deal, but an agreement is not imminent, while Israel's Channel 13 quoted an informed official as saying that the costs of the new deal are likely to be high for Israel.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Mossad chief David Barnea that Hamas's condition for renewing negotiations was to stop the war.

Barnea said in response that the war would only end when Hamas laid down its arms and handed over all those responsible and involved in the "October 7 massacre."

Qatari efforts succeeded in pushing the two sides to sign a seven-day temporary humanitarian truce that began on November 24, during which women and children were exchanged prisoners.

Source : Al Jazeera + Agencies + Israeli Press