Hamas and Islamic Jihad announce they are ready for a deal in Gaza. US ‘criticizes’ Hamas response

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Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (pictured) have responded to the US proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza. Photo: Profimedia Images

Hamas and Islamic Jihad are ready to “conclude” a deal to end the war in the Gaza Strip, the two Palestinian groups said in a joint statement released on Tuesday, Reuters reported. The US has indicated it is investigating Hamas’ response, AFP reported, obtained by Agerpres.

“We have received Hamas’ response to Qatar and Egypt, and we are going to review it,” White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters, declining to elaborate on the content of the Palestinian Islamist movement’s response.

On Tuesday evening, Qatar and Egypt, the two mediating countries along with the United States, announced that they had received a response from the Palestinian movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad to the proposed framework.

“Like our friends in Qatar and Egypt, I’m not going to provide any context or details about the response that our team is currently evaluating,” Kirby said.

Militant movements said they had sent their response to a US proposal for a ceasefire deal to mediators in Qatar and Egypt.

Hamas’s response included a new timetable aimed at a permanent ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, including the Rafah border crossing, an official familiar with the negotiations said.

The United Nations Security Council on Monday voted down President Joe Biden’s proposal for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and called on Palestinian militants to accept a deal aimed at ending the war.

Hamas welcomed the adoption of the US-drafted resolution and said in a statement that it was ready to cooperate with mediators to implement the plan’s principles “consistent with the demands and resistance of our people”.

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Russia did not participate in the UN vote, while the remaining 14 members of the Security Council voted in favor of a resolution on May 31 endorsing a three-phase ceasefire plan put forward by Biden, which he described as an Israeli initiative.

“Today we voted for peace,” US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the House after the vote. The resolution welcomes the new cease-fire proposal, says Israel has accepted it, calls on Hamas to agree to it, and “urges both sides to fully implement its terms without delay and unconditionally.”

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